Ryan Reynolds Perfectly Sums Up the Insanity of Flying With Kids

Ryan Reynolds is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California. He brings his cute family to the ceremony - wife Blake Lively, daughter James and Ines
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I never thought I would have anything in common with celebrities. They have tons of money, the ability to jet-set as they please, and the option of hiring around-the-clock trainers and nutritionists that keep them on the straight and narrow -- recommending kale, grass, or a new Goop-ish item that costs a small village. Yet, there is one commonality that can make me nod my head in agreement with stars: being a parent. Ryan Reynolds's disdain for flying with his kids is something I very much relate to, because it often sucks a** ... but it's a necessity that prevents the dreaded road trip.


Reynolds made an appearance on Good Morning America on March 16. There, the husband and dad of two (Ryan and wife Blake Lively have daughters James, 2, and Ines, 6 months) dropped some parenting nuggets -- some via his hilarious tweets -- including how annoying it can be to fly with kids.

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"I've always had empathy for parents, especially flying," Reynolds told GMA. "I remember before I had kids, I was always like, 'God, that's hard.' Because you can see they're sweating and they're nervous because their kids are yelling and everyone's mad at them."

Yup, true story.

But what really made me nod my head in agreement -- as if Ryan could see my soul the times I've flown (solo) with my now 3- and 1½-year-old boys -- was when he said, "I would rather drink a piping hot bowl of liquid rabies than get on a plane with my two children."

... Because as crazy and silly as it sounds, many parents (myself included) sometimes feel that way -- and admitting so doesn't mean you love your children less or aren't capable of dealing with the task at hand.

"At 2 years old they just have to rip all their clothes off and introduce themselves to everyone on the plane; it's just like, 'Please can we land in a farmer's field?" he continued.

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Look, I know Ryan and Blake make millions and can hire a small army of helpers if they so choose. That, however, does not guarantee that little James and Ines will be the poster children for perfect fliers and remain quiet the entire time.

Kids are often wild cards who might behave during your travels -- or might feel the spirit move them to throw a tantrum at the ticket counter or wherever else commands the most onlookers.

My tots do pretty well on the plane (thank God). But the process of getting to said plane -- and having to peel them from all the little shops they try to run into to buy items they have no money for, or sprinting after them like I'm running from airport security -- can look like a circus act that requires a "woosah" moment in the mirror.

It's not always hard traveling with kids, but it isn't always a walk in the park, either.

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So yeah, I get the feeling of not jumping for joy at the thought of spending hours on end with your little one thousands of miles in the air. Because aside from the potential frustrations due to pressure changes and LO not giving a damn about all the entertainment you packed, there likely will be times when you feel like you're losing your mind and need a lifeline.

All this talk about flying with kids is reminding me of the trip my kiddos and I have in which we'll be heading west before coming back east for a family member's graduation. (My 3-year-old is soo excited to pack his new carry-on suitcase, God bless his heart.)

Y'all pray for me.

And should I ever end up on the same flight as Ryan (doubt it, but you never know) -- and he isn't flying with his kids -- please, Ryan, feel free to swap seats with me like Jennifer Aniston did in that Emirates Airlines commercial.

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