We all know that for parents, travelling with children can be somewhat challenging so here’s some useful tips to make any journey a lot less stressful – whether it’s a road trip, a family holiday or even a longer international flight.
Taking to the air with kids
There is no doubt that travelling by air with kids can be overwhelming for all concerned and the first time you try it will definitely be a stressful experience because you simply cannot predict what will happen and how children will behave. Perhaps the best piece of advice is just to try to relax – easier said than done when your baby starts to cry – but hopefully you will find that most of the other passengers will be sympathetic and supportive. However well you have prepared, your baby or young children will almost definitely cry at some point, it’s simply what they do so just accept this, keep calm and go with the flow.
When they’re old enough, it’s a good idea to encourage kids to pack their own suitcases with their favourite toys, sunglasses and clothes including boys and girls dungarees. This gives them responsibility for the items they want to take for the journey although it has to be said, it’s best to check exactly they’ve put in that case before you leave! Don’t forget to pack some games that can be played quietly on the trip or choose one of the great gadgets now available to keep young babies entertained.
Make it interesting for them
Taking your children on a trip doesn’t necessarily mean you will have no room for relaxation and enjoyment. All you need to do is make sure it is a trip for them as much as for yourself, meaning, get them excited about the trip news, talk to them, explain where are you going, what is so special about the place you are visiting, how are you going to get there.
Travelling is a great opportunity for your children to learn new, exciting things about the world.
Pre-book fun activities for them. By doing this, you will cut some of the stress out, get some time for yourself and help your child enjoy the trip more. But also, ask them what would they like to do or see.
Show them the options. Always try to engage them in the process, this way, they will know what to expect.
Leave them behind!
There will be certain times that parents will have to, or want to, travel without their kids and providing this isn’t for too long a time, it can be quite good for children.
Svetlana Lungu from Why Matters Shopify agency says that travelling without children can make you feel selfish and guilty, however, remembering that you matter, and you are a better parent when you are relaxed and happy, is an important thing to do.
The time spent away from their parents can help children to build self-confidence providing they are well looked after by people you trust of course.