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How To Control Your Children On A Flight

Mar 15, 2008
Traveling with children on an airplane can be a stressful experience. There are a few steps that will help you be prepared and overcome some of that stress and frustration that may arise when doing so.

If you are traveling with a baby, ask for a child seat. These child seats are very similar to car seats, and will keep the baby fastened as he or she is supposed to be. Also, if you are able to book your seats ahead of time, try to book the seats for as many children as you are traveling with as close as possible to you. It is your responsibility to monitor the children and keep them in their seat and relatively quiet. If your child is prone to tantrums, you may want to consider a different kind of travel all together.

It is also important to explain to your children some of the rules in advance. Letting them know that they need to be quiet, polite, and extra obedient ahead of time should help to reduce some of the stress from the day you travel.

Keeping children occupied is often a big problem during the flight. Bringing books, small toys that don't make noise, and stuffed animals will always help. Also bringing snacks, water, and juice will help if the airline doesn't offer meals or snacks suitable for children, especially if they are picky eaters. Sometimes ordering one meal and sharing it is a good way to get picky eaters to eat with you.

Standing in line with your children can also be a hassle. Printing out boarding passes and other documents before arriving at the airport can not only be a time saver but also minimize the amount of time you have to spend in line with your children. With heightened security measures in today's world, it is also vital to not let your children run around the airport. As hard as it may be to multi-task, especially if you are a single parent or traveling alone with your children, you should try very hard to keep your children by your side.

Traveling with children can be a frustrating experience. For those parents who have taught their children good manners and taught them to listen to what they are told, they should notice the good behavior and possibly even reward it. If you do feed your children at the airport, it is very important that the food or drink isn't sugary or have caffeine. The worst thing you can do for your child is to get them all riled up before sitting them down and expecting them to sit still for several hours.

Following some of the suggestions above should help any travel experience with children. Not all children will present a problem, and often times traveling with children can be a time to bond with them. As long as you have well behaved kids and have the common courtesy to think of others, your trip shall be a breeze.
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