Traveling with kids can be challenging, but the memories you make during a family vacation are worth it!
Here are some things parents can do to make this year’s holiday travel less stressful:
1. Travel in the Morning. Kids are happier in the morning and more willing to view travel as an adventure rather than an inconvenience. “You don’t want to set yourself up for failure by traveling in the afternoon, when you know they are going to be cranky,” says Natalie Fischer, working mom.
2. Empathize With Your Kids, Not Other Passengers. Samantha Ettus, lifestyle expert for working moms, advises parents to shift their focus from what other people might think, to their kids and how they are feeling. “So often I see people mistreating their children because they are so afraid of the people around them,” she says. “Any kid will be uncomfortable on a flight. So the more empathy you can show to your child about how difficult traveling is, the easier it will be for you.”
3. Be Prepared. Kids in the House CEO Leana Greene has this advice, “Pack snacks, special candies and little wrapped gifts and pull them out when you need to distract your kids.” Little surprises will delight your kids and buy you much needed peace during travel.
4. Think of it as Family Time, not a Vacation. Traveling with kids can be stressful. Sometimes parents come back from vacation more tired than when they left. If you choose to view it as special time with your kids, rather than a vacation for yourself, you can change your expectations and avoid disappointment.
Remember parents, the payoff is when you get there. One day your children will thank you!
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