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Do you ever feel overwhelmed or discriminated against when traveling with your kids?

Posted by on Jun. 9, 2009 at 3:08 PM
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Question: Do you ever feel overwhelmed or discriminated against when traveling with your kids?


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Overwhelmed? YES. Discrimated against? NO.

Overwhelmed? NO. Discriminated against? YES.

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Or like everyone on the plane or in the restaurant wishes you would just go away?  In what way?

Colleen Lanin
The Travel Mama

by on Jun. 9, 2009 at 3:08 PM
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by New Member on Jun. 10, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Overwhelmed, always.  Discriminated against, no.  Certainly times when people around us just wished we'd go away (and so did I! - think Southwest's "wanna get away?" commercials). 

by on Jun. 16, 2009 at 4:00 PM

I took a road trip recently with my husband and 10 month old DD. I was very overwhelmed. Not to the point of never wanting to do it again (we had a great time), just exhausted over the stuff we had to have. We stayed in 4 different places in an 11 day period. In and out of hotels and family homes. That process needs a little refining! lol

I understand how people might feel discriminated. (fortunately I have an uncommonly calm and well behaved baby. usually the only attention she attracts is awws and oohs and a lot of them) :) But when those looks of annoyance come my way, I normally let it roll off my back. (unless a confrontation is needed.) I've dealt with people all my life that don't see eye to eye with me and look at me in ways you shouldn't look at another person, but that is life and unfortunately some people don't have an open enough mind that they should have!

I get looks because I have tattoos, piercings, I cloth diaper my kid, my husbands a big man, I have fire engine red in my black hair, you name it, I've gotten a look for it! meh!!! Unless it disrupts my life and family, looks aren't going to do much to you!

by New Member on Jun. 21, 2009 at 3:42 PM

I always feel over whelmed...but then againi usually travel with at least three of my is crazy hard to get everything settled and figured out.... 

by New Member on Aug. 6, 2009 at 3:56 PM
I have a 4 month old, so at times we may feel a little overwhelmed when our princess starts fussing and wants to go back to her spa like retreat(home). She is getting better. but there are times we can tell she misses her routine and the comforts of her home. The great family photos we get make up for it.
by New Member on Aug. 12, 2009 at 9:53 AM

I fell overwhelmed at times but since we travel alot it is getting lots better. HOWEVER, I really do feel discriminated against in the sense that people are always staring. We have a fairly well behaved 1 year old little girl and so we take here everywhere with us. We never go to 5 star resturants but do on occasion go to nicer places...this is where people seem to get annoyed with the fact that we have our child with us.

by New Member on Aug. 25, 2009 at 3:17 PM

Overwhelmed? Always.  Discriminated against? Sometimes.

I have been traveling with my DD since she was 5 months old. Her very first trip was from FL to CA... a 5 hour plane ride; just me and her. She was a perfect little angel, but I was overwhelmed with the luggage, and all the things that needed to be packed for a two week stay. Not to mention, the airport is an absolute nightmare for traveling with an infant alone. I learned from this trip to pack lighter and smarter. I had a carry on bag, a HUGE diaper bag, and I was pushing the stroller w/ attached carseat through the terminal. Taking my DD in and out of the stroller and making sure I didn't lose any luggage was extremely stressful, but I managed. Lucky for me, she was laid-back on the airplane, and everyone seemed to enjoy her presence.

The second big trip she took was to Las Vegas from FL. I was better prepared for this trip and had help this time around. Although, Vegas is NOT the ideal place to take a 10 month old, which I learned fairly fast walking into a casino full of ciggarette smoke.

She has been on countless road trips to GA and back, and finally took another trip to California this year when she was 16 months old. We intentionally split up the flights so there would be a layover allowing her to get up and run free for about an hour before getting on another 2 1/2 hr flight, but we had a tired, and grumpy toddler and the majority of the first flight which caused lots of stares from a few people on the plane. Although, there were a few parents who were sympathetic with us...

Not to big of a deal, but still an annoyance when you're doing your best to keep a 1 1/2 year old entertained in such a confined space. I feel like telling these people "you were once a kid... get over it." But normaly I just let it go. :)

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