My DD is 8 and my DS is 6 and I still take them on car rides at times to get them to calm down before bed. My DH will be on a job and it will be just me and the kids and it is hard to get them to calm down at times to go to bed so I will put them in the car and go drive around on the country roads behind our neighborhood to see if they can see any wild animals. My kids love it and so do I and it calms them down before bed. We only do it on weekends so their not out to late. Would or do you do this with your kids to get them to calm down and just to get out for alittle while.
Not only does this help my kids calm down but it also helps me and my depression. It is not something we do every night or even every week. We can go one night and not go again for awhile. It gives me and my kids a chance to get out of the house and away from everything and have time with just us and it's something both my kids and I enjoy