Don’t Let Them Guilt You!

Yesterday I was reading an article on Yahoo! (don’t judge me, I also read the Washington Post… lol) about a restaurant that has changed their policy so that children under 6 are not allowed to dine at their eatery. That didn’t really bother me, but one of the comments did. It said something like, “Well I’m not going to read this article, but I agree with it and say we should ban infants from movie theaters, and all small children from airplanes.” I don’t really care about the movie theater thing, although I have taken the occasional trip to the movie theater with an infant, and timed it so they slept through the whole thing (score!). But the comment about the airplane made my blood boil.

As a parent, there are a few things I do dread about traveling with my children. I’m just being honest here. The single most dreadful experience for me up until now has been what I like to call, “the walk of shame,” when we go to our assigned gate. No, not that walk of shame… Those of you with small children who have flown know what I am talking about. You walk up to the gate, several of the other passengers take one look at you, roll their eyes, sigh, and dismiss the chances of having a peaceful flight. They give you dirty looks, and make rude remarks under their breath.

Don't let angry lemons intimidate you 😉

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Things Get Lost

A sad fact of traveling is that items are misplaced and sometimes left behind. This week we went to buy a couple of used things and took a bus, the metro, and walked a fair distance. Kati was wearing her sun hat that my grandmother made her (her only hat) and somewhere on one of the three legs on the way home, her hat fell off and we left it behind.

Toys, hat, and water bottles, just a short list of things we've lost on trips.

 

This is a very important thing to take into consideration when you are traveling with young children. It is always a good idea to bring a few extra things when you go somewhere, knowing it will be difficult to find a replacement. It is very important to pack as light as possible, but you also don’t want to be under prepared.

Things I recommend packing extra:

-1 water bottle (one should be good no matter how many kids you have… it is unlikely you will forget all 3 bottles on the same leg of the trip)

-Hats! Bring two hats per child for the trip, whether it is a hat to keep the sun from sunburning your little one’s face, or a winter hat to keep them warm.

-Clothes! This is true especially if you have a child that has recently been potty trained. I’m sure you always know this one, but it is always nice to have a light (easy to carry, so you can take it out with you) change of clothes in case of the inevitable.

-Diapers… you can never have too many, in my opinion.

-Cloth wipes. If you don’t have any, you should invest in some, they are AWESOME!  You can buy a pack of 20 (although I would only pack about 10) for around $13 on ebay, and you will be supporting a work at home mom. Double awesome.

And remember, losing things is not the end of the world. If you have a good attitude about it, odds are that good attitude will transfer to your children. Unless you loose the best friend stuffed animal… in which case I am so sorry… been there done that.