I know it has been some time since I have blogged and this fall my plans are to blog a lot more frequently. However, my family always comes first so, if there is a lapse just know I am serving them.
In June the boys and I headed back east to West Virginia. It was WONDERFUL but lets talk about the travel. I know that many are hesitant to travel with young children, especially alone. Don’t be! Here are some tips.
Traveling With 3 Kids
1. Work on child training ALL the time at home.
If your children do not obey you normally or you have issues with going to the store with them, you will have issues traveling. Our kids are GREAT travelers but then again they have been across country, more than once! My kids have had to learn to wait, alot. The military motto is hurry up and wait :). Travel is one of the things our whole family loves so we work on car manners every time we go somewhere really. For the most part we don’t have a lot of issues. Now, for this trip we flew, but it is the same principle since the flight was so long from WA to WV.
2. Make sure that you pack things to keep your child(ren) entertained.
I let each child have a carry on, they also got to pick special toys they wanted to take, including one that they sleep with. I also pack in this bag things like a DS or iPad so that they can use those when traveling. They pack books which are great to read on a plane. In my bag I pack crayons and coloring books. I rotate out activities so that they don’t become bored. Honestly my kids are really just entertained by seeing the sky and people. On the trip to WV, my youngest Nemo sat by me but on the other side was a lady he didn’t know. She was really good with him and she had a small dog, he was fascinated for a very long time just by the fact that she had a dog under her seat:). This of course lead to each brother needing to see this dog too and gave us all some good conversation.
3. Patience. Kids will talk, a lot sometimes when traveling.
They don’t have a lot of room to move around so use this as a chance to sit, with little interruptions and visit with your little ones. Enjoy the time spent with them. Most of the time, we are less stressed if we focus on the blessings, instead of the stress. Honestly, this is often passed down to the kids too.
Those are my main travel points for traveling on a plane with kids. Especially long trips. I enjoyed our flight and on our way back, we were delayed for almost 2 hours after we had gotten ON the plan. This was before our longest stretch where they would also have to sit for another almost 6 hours. Believe it or not, my kids did just fine. A lot of the wait time my youngest was happy to watch his older brother ( my middle son) conquer a level on his DS. He was not even playing himself, he loves his big brother and was enjoying that time with him. I did not get flustered, I answered their questions when asked about why the plane was delayed. My oldest was the one who had the most questions honestly, the other 2 barely noticed we were delayed lol. Bookworm likes to know exactly what is going on, it is part of his personality :).
So there you have it. Part one of our trip back home. I have a lot more to share so I hope you will stay tuned for the rest of the series! I also have many other blog posts that will be coming soon!!!
Here are a few pictures of my travelers…..