traveling with kids
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What happens when you put Jeff Leatham, The Rock Star of Floral Design, Two Kids and Me together? They not only knew of Jeff
Family "vacations" are anything but.
To vacation or not to vacation -- that is the question. At least, that’s the question this highly scientific flowchart can
Everyone who has been to Disney World has that perfect picture of their children standing in front of the iconic Castle-- but where's the fun in that? Instead, I'm going to show you what happens before that perfect picture is snapped and posted on Facebook.
Whether it's reigning in their excitement, heeding to their fears, keeping their hunger in check or simply allaying their crankiness due to exhaustion, factoring a child's needs into a travel plan requires much more than ad-hoc "nature call" stops.
Every night before a flight, I organize my purse. I take out old receipts, garbage and unnecessary crap that I don't need for the flight and put in only what I need for the next day's trip: wallet, tickets and/or printed confirmation number and itinerary, lip gloss, nasal spray, any medications needed, a pair of socks and our passports.
There's really nothing quite so illuminating as trying to share a small, tight, confined space with your millennial. Honestly, I should know; I just spent Spring Break traveling with my 20-year-old daughter.
If you have been thinking about making a big change in your life, do it. Don't regret not doing it later. Take some time now to reflect on where you are and where you want to go. Set goals and talk to others about them. And when someone looks at you with that blank stare and says "you're crazy," just smile and be thankful you took the leap.
Over the past ten years we've done our fair share of long haul flights with the kids. Through trial and error, I've come to discover what it takes to set our family up for success. Here are some tried and tested ideas to relieve stress and effectively get your family from A to B via airplane:
"Some things are just the right thing to do."
What can you do if you're traveling with an aging parent who's of the opposite sex and needs assistance in the bathroom? Here a few strategies that can help you and your parent navigate these challenges when you travel together.