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The 411 on getting your 1,2,3's on 747's

note: this was posted on my blog during Thanksgiving week 2012

http://tongueincheekmomma.net

It’s Thanksgiving week, and for many Americans that means clocking many windshield hours should the mode of transport preferred is by car.
But for many families Thanksgiving means hauling the kids to grandma and grandpa’s using up all the sky miles mom and dad have been saving all year long.
And for families like mine who have toddlers and/or multiples, flying can be a nerve wracking ordeal that requires reconnaissance planning many  weeks in advance.
So before I share these great links that can help ease the burden of flying with the toddlers here are a few of my own tricks :
1. Aside from each child’s backpack of goodies make sure you have a “secret stash” of new toys. Show me one kid who doesn’t squeal with joy when presented with a new toy. The beauty is the toys don’t have to be expensive. Just little tokens that will keep them preoccupied after they get bored with their techy digital entertainment will do.
I also like to add little activity books with stickers. Kids are fascinated with stickers! Despite the average toddler’s tech savvy-ness these days, thankfully the not so high tech diversions still entertain them even if it only lasts for a New York minute .
2. Make sure to pack gum ( if your child is old enough to understand that  gum is not to be swallowed) for take off and landing to relieve pressure on their eardrums. Or bring a sippy cup and make sure they drink from it upon take off.  The suction action will also relieve the pressure on their ears.
3. Bring your toddlers old baby socks you were throwing out anyways, and a marker or felt tip pen. Make  finger sock puppets with your toddler. This can be a fun two-part activity that will keep them busy. After making a family of finger puppets you can make up silly songs and stories about the characters created.

Here are the links on the most helpful hints on traveling with kids:

http://www.cntraveler.com/daily-traveler/2012/11/family-travel-tips...

http://www.cntraveler.com/daily-traveler/2012/01/Seven-Tips-for-Sur...

http://www.cntraveler.com/daily-traveler/2011/11/how-to-get-through...

http://www.deliciousbaby.com/travel/family-travel-tips/making-trave...

http://www.cntraveler.com/daily-traveler/2011/12/Tips-for-Handling-...

As for me and my family, we have the enviable task of trekking to my BIL’s home for our Thanksgiving feast, less than 2 miles away!!

For my not so fortunate friends, happy travels and may the force be with you!

P.S.   Chanting serenity now when your 2 year old has a fit 30k  feet off the ground also helps!

 

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