Helpful Tips When Traveling With Kids To Reduce Stress
We have all seen a family on the plane, where the kids were kicking the seats or going out of their minds with boredom. It’s a shame for the parents, the children and everyone around them. No amount of good parenting is going to override a child’s direct need for stimulus, both when traveling and at their destination.
As a result, we thought we would offer you a few helpful tips when traveling with toddlers, so everyone can have a good time. For us baby boomers, these tips may be useful if you find yourself traveling with grandchildren!
A Few Tips For Travel With Kids
Listen To What They Would Like
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First, take them seriously when it comes to what they want to do, depending on their age of course. This doesn’t mean taking them out on the town until three in the morning. It does mean listening to what they’d like to do on their holiday, and using those wants in order to plan a better time for everyone.
Small questions will save you heaps of unwanted stress down the road. If your children are old enough, sit down and plan your holiday together.
See what everyone would like to do!
Keep Your Children Informed About Your Upcoming Travels
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Prepping them about the trip also does the trick. The night before leaving, tell them what they can and cannot do. What they can and cannot have, and other rules during the trip. Make sure to remind them before you leave home the next day.
As young as they are, you can already have them agree into something and give them a reward afterwards. They might forget that you didn’t allow them to bring that bulky and noisy Thomas the Train toy during the trip, but will definitely remember that they received yummy cookies just by being a good girl or boy.
Finding something interesting for your child to see or visit during the trip will get make them excited. It would help if they, too, are anticipating that out-of-town or out-of the-country trip.
As an example; Lets say you’re going to be traveling to; New York City. Whn not download some photos of dinosaur skeletons from the American Natural Museum of History ,or the Sony Wonder Technology in Midtown East to get them interested and excited.
Making sure that your child is feeling great before the trip is also important. Children, especially babies have a great tendency to have tantrums if they aren’t feeling well. Make sure that they’re also comfortable in their clothing, as well as their seat.
Bring your child’s favorite story books and coloring books; this should keep him or her busy during a long flight. You can also take advantage of technology and download a few child-friendly apps on your tablet or mobile phone. If you take the time to research, you’ll find that there are a lot of these around.
Educate Your Children On Your Travel Destination
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Education should also be a really big part of taking your children on holiday, but in an enjoyable way. Taking them to museums, visiting local landmarks – these ideas shouldn’t be the only ones you are working with, mixing in a little culture and history with all the ice cream and sunshine is a wise idea.
A survey of parents carried out by The Adventure Company suggests that children who are taken on holiday achieve higher academic grades and develop more advanced social skills.
“The tour company’s research, which consisted of 4,000 interviews with parents in England, revealed that 87 per cent of respondents reported that going on holiday enabled their child to perform better in at least one subject at school.”
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The research found that a child’s aptitude for geography, history and languages benefited the most, and this seems obvious. Language-wise, teaching a child to learn a new method of communicating can be really enjoyable, and teaching yourself at the same time has its own benefits.
Simple things like asking them to order for the family from a foreign-language menu, or asking someone what the time is can help bolster their confidence and their communicative abilities, helping them develop better language-learning skills for the future.
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There is a lot of advice on the web about traveling with children, but ensuring their destination is just as enjoyable and beneficial for them is important too.
Most importantly of all, ensure that your child feels you are enjoying yourself as well. Children take great interest in the emotional well being of their parents. If you are going out of your own mind with boredom, they will pick up on it. Tag-team activities are great, even if it’s just wandering down to the sea front, or exploring some ancient ruins.
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Holidays for working parents is a time in which they can focus on really spending some quality time with their children. If you can put the panic button down and pick up a guidebook, you and your little ones will be absolutely fine.
I am happy to present this collaborative post in the hopes of offering some helpful travel inspiration and information to you. You may also enjoy reading the article in the link below, on 14 Strategies for Stress-Free Air Travel With Children. A great article where experienced flight attendants share their secrets for flying with young kids.
It’s from the well known publication – Parents Magazine.
Safe and Healthy Travels! 🙂
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