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How To Travel With Children And Live To Tell About It

Traveling with small children has a lot of challenges. From the near constant complaining about being uncomfortable and thirsty to the incessant need to see every bathroom along the way, it is a wonder that anyone survives. But, everyone does it because family holidays are fun. They are supposed to be fun right?

Too often what could be great memories are overshadowed by the stress of just keeping the kids from killing each other. I am not going to tell you that I can make a long car or plane trip pleasant or instruct you to happily sing songs in the front seat to spread your joy around.

That is all crazy talk. What you can do is try a few things that might make the portion of your holiday you spend confined in a small space with your offspring bearable.

That’s the best I think anyone can hope for, bearable, when it comes to traveling with kids. Some people are of the mindset that your entire holiday has to be filled with sunshine and rainbows. I say save all of that for the destination and be happy with at least a relative sense of calm on the way there.

Tips for traveling with tots:

The most important of all travel tips is to take it easy on yourself. If the kids break down and stomp and scream on the airplane, remember that half of the people there have been in your shoes. You only think they are judging you.

The more upset you get, the worse your child will behave. They sense stress and it gets them stressed out too. Also, try not to set them up for failure by going too long without food or spending more then a couple of hours sitting in a car or plane seat. Finally, and this is really important, when you arrive at your destination pour yourself a big glass of wine. You earned it.

Feel free to tell us about your experience of traveling with children. What did you do to keep them from killing each other out of boredom?

Written on 12/19/2009 by Monika Mundell. Monika Mundell is a passionate freelance writer and pro-blogger. Her blog Freelance Writing helps new freelance writers to get started in this exciting industry. If you like to work with Monika, feel free to visit her Portfolio site. Photo Credit: Marta Crowe
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