Flying with kids -- just hearing those words gives parents anxiety, and any passenger on the plane with you would cringe. An airplane is an enclosed space. You are essentially trapped high in the sky in a tube counting down the minutes until you land while hoping the turbulence or air pressure doesn't make your kid vomit on the person next to you or scream the whole time. It happens though. And it's one of our biggest fears as parents. It's why so many people choose short (or cross-country) minivan trips with the family.
But it doesn't have to be so dreadful. Perhaps if we identify the problems, we can solve them. Maybe. Here are the 7 biggest complaints airline passengers have about your kids and how to make it all better. Or at least more tolerable.
Apologies and smiles do work wonders -- not just from you, but from your child. Bringing their favorite toys, and many of them, is great, too. It's also best to not give off any tense or negative energy to your kids because they pick up on it and that's often when they act out the worst. Try to make the flight as exciting as possible and get the kids involved in how the plane is flying, what you see outside the window, and maybe even bring along a book or two that has all that information so they are happy to be there. Happy flying!
What do you do if you are ever in any of the above situations? What's the most annoying thing you've had a child do when you were flying?
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Going to baseball games
Riding bike rides in the nice weather
Playing outside after work/school
Going for walks outside