Do’s and Don’ts of Flying with Kids: Part 4 of 4
When you are flying Don’t Panic:
If baby screams, toddler wigs out, or kiddo melts and announces that you are the meanest mommy on the planet….take a deep breath. This too shall pass. You are NOT the only parent who has experienced this and the flight crew around you has seen everything! You can not surprise them.
What about the other passengers?
Most will remember the time it happened to them. Some will even offer to help.
Then there is the one passenger:
One that gives you that ‘look’
One that makes that ‘noise’ like humpfff or tsk tsk.
One who loudly suggests that her kids never acted like that
One who suggests that children should be seen and not heard (Are there people still alive who feel this way or have they all died off with the dinosaur?)
Deep breaths. We ALL know that kids are kids and no matter who THINKS they remember their perfectly behaved children just has on rose colored glasses. Forgive the one – not your kiddo, but the one passenger who forgets the joys of parenthood are made even sweeter because of moments like these.
No, REALLY. What do I do about that horrible woman/grinch/crabby man who is glaring at me while the baby screams?
Your choices about ‘that one passenger’
1) Ignore them.
If you figure out how to do this, please write a book about it. You’ll make a gazillion dollars and save the planet at the same time.
2) Glare back.
This might feel good at the moment, but then you just sink to their level. Do you really want to feel like that horrible person? Even for a moment?
3) Address the problem.
Speak to ‘that person’ in a firm and polite way. Look said person directly in the eye and say something like:
“Poor baby is teething.” “It is so hard to be two years old!” “Poor kiddo has an ear infection!” (Yes, it is OK to lie.)
4) Remember, this is a one way street.
Every moment of the tantrum is one moment closer to it being over and you don’t have to go back. It will be over soon.
The biggest don’t of all?
Don’t leave them at home!
Enjoy them! Teach them! See the world through their eyes! Experience the world with them! Share your travel dreams with them!
This can be the biggest joy of your life.
Natalie, The Educational Tourist