Washington Family Magazine : December 2015
12 December 2015 washingtonFAMILY.com IN THE AIR Relax your normal rules. If you don’t typically let your kids have sweets, but the flight attendant is willing to give you some extra cookies, take them! Flying with kids may require you to relax your rules to survive the trip with as little disruption to the people around you as possible. Explain the process to older kids. If your kids have never been on a plane, discuss the security process they will be going through and how it’s for their protection. Kids may be uncomfortable with the process if they were not expecting it, and they may have questions regarding the purpose, which could raise fears. Help eliminate those fears by prepping your kids for what’s to come. Like a Boy Scout, be prepared. Before the trip, go shopping for small toys (the kind you would get in a dollar store), miniature snacks, etc. The trick is to have enough packed to be able to pull something new out at 15-minute intervals — things like coloring books and crayons, puzzles, miniature boxes of LEGOs, sticker books, etc. By being proactive, you can keep them busy before boredom has a chance to strike. O: 301-652-7800 F: 301-652-0622 4300 Montgomer y Ave. Ste. 303 • Bethesda, MD 20814 email@example.com www.steppingstonestherapy.com Stepping Stones Therapy is a pediatric Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy practice in Bethesda, Mar yland that provides comprehensive evaluations and treatment to children of all ages. We are able to address a wide range of communication, sensor y and lear ning needs. Summer Camp Guide Call: 703-318-1385, Ext. 7# to place your ad! It’s never too early to plan for camp! WASHINGTON Summer Camp Guide Call: 703-318-1385, Ext. 7# to place your ad! It’s never too early to plan for camp! Summer Camp Guide Call: 703-318-1385 to place your ad! It’s never too early to plan for camp! WASHINGTON WASHINGTON Relieve the pressure. It’s all about the ears. Have extra pacifiers, bottles and sippy cups ready for takeoff and landing. Older children can chew gum or suck on a straw (pinch the straw while they suck to make them have to suck harder ). Enlist the support of others. Make friends with the flight attendants; they are pros and have seen it all. Sometimes having them pick up your child for a short walk up and down the aisles will give you a break and soothe the child. And don’t be afraid to ask fellow travelers for help in a pinch. Most people have struggled to travel with their own kids, so they understand what you’re going through. Stay calm. Lastly, remember they’re just children. Travel is stressful enough for adults who understand delays and extra security measures, so children will need extra patience. And try not to be nervous yourself, since little ones tend to feed off the moods of the adults around them. Haley Shapley loves traveling any time of year, although she did once cry in an airport on Christmas Eve. She blogs about living a life in balance at GirlAboutTheWorld.com.