Traveling Stress- you are not alone, at least I hope I am not….
One of my biggest fears is someone seeing me in the airport, after hours of traveling with zero patience left. That they will see my traveling stress. My kids having tantrums and I thoroughly exhausted both mentally and physically from trying to create hours of activities that don’t involve moving, and carrying way more bags (and usually a child) than my doctor recommends. My travel day typically consists of a diet of coffee alone because anything I try to put in my mouth, my children typically scream that they want. I feel like I have tried every trick with them, and maybe they have caught on. I hope I am not alone here. And if you have been feeling like you are, then trust me you are not!
The magical part is getting where you need to be and getting home but no matter how “well behaved” your children may be on a plane, it is not an easy task. Don’t get me wrong, my children are well behaved to others on the plane but to me it can be a nightmare of traveling stress. My dream is for them to sit quietly and read a book. This doesn’t happen.
I remember stressing when Mia was a baby about having to fly with her. How I wish I could go back to those days where my worst problems were worrying if I was making someone uncomfortable by breastfeeding my half sleeping baby under a blanket. If I could go back to the days where they didn’t need to run and climb and that the word “bored” didn’t exist. It is much harder now than ever. I used to try and get creative. I used to bring Cheerios to thread on pipe cleaners. They never wanted to do it. It seems like when they get on a plane they just protest my parenting skills. They don’t even want to use their electronics. It is the only time they don’t want to get on a computer. I now keep a simple list of activities, and am trying to stick to the phrase, “You get what you get and you don’t get upset.”
My Kid Travel Essentials Include-
Each there own Backpack-
blanket and neck pillow
electronic device- ear phones
crayons- coloring book
atleast 2 melissa and doug craft sets
snacks and water bottle
their favorite toy
We just returned from traveling yesterday. After so much fun visiting family with the kids, we took a tortuous 6am flight. This meant we had to wake the kids up at 345 am to get them to the airport. The girls knew the rules were to stay in their seats. They each had their bags and I had my headphones. I heard lots of whining but in the end I think we can all agree traveling just isn’t fun. There is no easy way to keep a 3 and 5 year old truly happy on the plane and I think my point is that I am not going to try. I have given up on thinking I need to be a super mom on the plane. It truly wont hurt them to be bored for 4-5 hours in life and honestly, slipping on my headphones and getting to ignore the whines for a few hours is kind of nice- maybe this will help their creativity?
So good luck on the rest of your winter travels. Don’t feel defeated and remember there isn’t much you can do to prevent boredom on a plane, and really why should you? We do a lot for our children and strive to be the best. Looking out the window wont ruin them or us. As parents we should all find peace in that.
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