Have you ever been on a plane with a lot of wining babies and thought to yourself “Oh my God! Why are these parents causing such stress to their kids? Can´t they just stay home?” .. Well if you did, rethink. First of all, you were once a kid as well, and you might not have been on a plane at an early age, but you most certainly drove your parents and everyone else crazy, at least once, in public. Did “they” cause you such a stress? Did your parents cause you the stress? Nope, they didn´t You were just a kid.
Traveling with kids is a topic surrounded by a lot of mixed feelings, and surprisingly enough, people without kids seem to “know better what´s best for your child”… Seriously? I never thought I would ever say this, but those who don´t have children should think twice before sharing their opinions about parenting. By that I am not trying to say that they are not entitled to an opinion, I am just trying to say that they should mind their own business if not asked. So.. having said that, traveling with kids doesn´t always have to be stressful, it does depend on the kid for sure, but it mostly depends on the type of parent you are.
The very first and essential golden rule is to KEEP CALM. In other words, just chill. Stress is usually passed onto a baby / toddler, so the more stressed out you are, the more stressed out your child will be. This is not a doctor´s opinion, but I really speak out of experience: every time I freak out about something, my one year old son freaks out too. I learnt that a good aura can easily be passed on as well, so if he cries I try to calm him down by being calm myself.
The second golden rule is to be prepared for (almost) all eventualities. So try to be prepared for situations such as sudden hunger, dirty diapers, dirty clothes, playtime, nap time and so on, and definitely have one or the other medication in your bag (after consulting a doctor of course, I usually have a nose spray and pain killers), you can never know when this will come in handy. Whilst you can’t be prepared for all possible situations , it is always a good idea to have the basics right next to you whether you are traveling by car, plane or train.
The third and last golden rule I have set to myself is to put my child first. If your child starts crying it is probably because something is wrong, so stop worrying about what the people around you think, feel or want and be selfish: put the wellbeing of your child first and shut the rest of the world out. I know this might be hard at first but trust me, it will get easier, and your kid will be very thankful. Turn traveling into an exciting experience for him/her and you will definitely be rewarded with a lot of love and a heartedly felt smile!
If you also have some comments, or ideas on how to make traveling with kids easier, just drop me a message!