As of this year I have been traveling with children for over 6 years. It doesn’t seem like that much time could have possibly passed, but I guess having an 8 year old proves that it did. Looking back I can remember all the major incidents, but I’m glad that I took the time to write down the smaller ones and which things really helped me along the way. As I was wandering around Pinterest.com today, I noticed that I don’t actually have a post where all of my posts about flying with children are listed. So here it is – a list of all the posts I’ve written about flying with little ones.
With the holiday season coming up, I know that many of you will be traveling to see family and friends, so today I wanted to do a post about long weekend trips. Whether you are traveling by plane or car, there are a few things you need to remember.
Be prepared. Here are a few posts to help you in that area:
Remember that you need to pack additional things for additional days in your suitcase that you can transfer to your diaper bag as your trip progresses. Stock up on extra baby food, diapers, wipes, and whatever else you use on a daily basis. Also make sure to pack extra clothes, you know, just in case.
I also want to make a quick note about family drama… I know a lot of you will be going to visit family this holiday season, and I want to remind you that, “Save the drama for your mama!” really isn’t the best option. If there is friction going on in your family, remember that in a few days, you will be leaving, and whatever horrible things great aunt Gertrude said will be nothing but a memory (hopefully one you can laugh at later…). If there is one thing we have to do as parents, it is suck up our own feelings sometimes so our kids can have that quality holiday time with family that they need. So if you need to apply the “bathroom break” strategy to your extended family, go for it. I have done it before when dealing with particularly irritating situations. Five minutes will usually do the trick.
In addition to group gatherings make sure you plan something to do alone with just you, your spouse, and children that will be friction free for everyone. We usually spend Christmas Eve alone and have a time of reading the Bible, watching Christmas movies, and opening one present (for the kids). Whatever else happens, at least we had some private family time that we can remember for the duration of the new year.
Hope you are excited about your holiday traveling this year, and that you and your family have a blessed holiday season!