Monday Mantra: The Key to Traveling With Kids
Who is going to be boarding a plane or hopping in a car in the next few days to head to Nana's or Grandpa's house or Aunt Suzy's abode? Right, a lot of us. Holiday travel season is in full swing, and nothing can destroy a cheery spirit faster than a two-hour delay at the airport or a flat tire. Handling situations like this isn't easy at any time; mix in kiddos who may be off schedule or hungry or just anxious to get there and you could have a full-on Grinch situation.
Dealing with holiday traveling (with all of those unplanned hiccups) is actually a great time to teach your kids some healthy habits, like how to deal with an unforeseen event. If you are stuck on the tarmac, if you are directed to a detour that adds an extra three hours, don't lost your cool, don't freak out. Think of it a prime time to show your kids that sometimes you have to roll with the punches, you have to make the best out of a not-so-great situation.
One of the main keys I have found in dealing with this I discovered on a random blog post that I ran across a few weeks ago. The dad had one awesome piece of advice: lose your inhibitions. I love this. If you need to sing "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" for 15 minutes in the airport, if you need to get up and dance a bit at the Cracker Barrel to shake the grumps away, do it. If you find yourself getting rather annoyed with stuff, stop and hug your kids and tickle them.
These little acts of letting go, tapping into some silliness, forgetting that someone may look at you a little funny can go a long way when traveling with your kids. Not only does it help everyone in the family to stay in a positive mood, it is a great habit for your kids to remember when they may get stressed.
Share your one piece of advice for traveling with kids!