Despite what you may think, the overhead lockers on flights would not be better utilised as storage for small children. Travel with kids is great -- really ... honestly. Look, we've done it -- it does have its own set of unique challenges, but there are big rewards too -- really!
Both my kids turned out to be champion travelers; flexible and patient and cooperative and helpful. For us, the trick was to start early and often. We knew we had a few long trips in our future, so we started the boys off with some short, overnight trips, to get them used to being in the car, or on the bus, or working their way through airports, along with the rituals of checking into hotels, etc.
Another trick we learned early on traveling with children was a simple reward system. For them, it was something as straighforward as a snack of french fries or spending an hour at a local play ground. Knowing they could look forward to a good diner also went a long way.
We made the children part of the experience, but not the focus of it, and have great memories as a result. By building their travel skills early in their lives, we never needed to adjust our plans because we had children traveling with us, or worry about how they would behave.
#4exacto has been a member since 12/2/2006. Location: United States. Posts: 2,814
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