Thinking of traveling with small children but was too afraid to do so? This is one of the children problems which are giving parents the headache when preparing for a trip. Traveling with your little ones isn’t easy and such activity is not for the faint-hearted, the impatience or parents who don’t plan in advance. The most important part of traveling with small children is to ensure their safety, so you need to plan very carefully before the trip.
Being children, they can be mischievous at times, so you do need to be daring, observance and patient with your kids. The next issue you need to know is that when small children are traveling, they are actually out of their familiar zone. When they are in their familiar zone, they can expect certain things to happen; it is sort of like following a pattern. But when they are traveling, they do not know what to expect and this can bring about fear and anxiety even though they are excited about the trip. So what should you do in order to have a safe and pleasant journey with your kids? Below are 5 great tips for traveling with small children.
1. Prepare your small children mentally
Most children love surprises like new toys and new clothes. But when it comes to traveling which is something different from their normal lives, they may resist the surprise.
The first tip is to prepare your little kids mentally. Read to them stories about traveling. You can also make up stories to tell them more about airplanes, cruise ships, trains and buses depending on what transport you and your family are taking. If you can find books appropriate for their ages which talk about the country or places you are visiting, it would make your job even easier.
You can also mention about some of the fun things and special activities that they will be experiencing during the trip and this will make them look forward to the day. Let the whole picture of traveling settle in their mind, so that when the time comes, they are prepared.
2. Bring along their favorite toys
You don’t expect little children to sit quietly throughout the whole journey, do you? Children have their intellectual needs, so they need to play. After all, playing is what they do most of time when they are awake because they learn through such activities. Even when they are on the plane, they need their favorite toys to be there all the time.
3. Follow the usual schedules
When traveling, try to follow your children’s usual schedules as close as possible. Food like milk or snack which they have at a certain time should be prepared in advance and give it to them at that usual time. If your little ones have to sleep at a certain time, let them sleep at that usual time too. Since you are in a different place, you will need to comfort them and make sure they feel secure.
4. Fasten the seat belt at all time.
No matter what transport you are taking, young children should always have their seat belts fastened. When they need to go to the toilet, make sure you accompany them. Accident can happen anytime, so give your children the best protection.
5. Don’t let your kids wonder off
Make sure that your children are always within your sight. They may be smart but they are still new to this world and so may not know what is safe to do and what is not, who is trustworthy and who is not.
Being in parenthoods, no doubt there are a lot of children problems which prevent us from doing some activities we love, but we can still be doing them if we put a little thought into solving the problems. With the 5 great tips for traveling with small children, I am sure you are now more confident and prepared to travel with your little ones.
Jeff Boo is an Educator with many years of teaching experience and a Father of a pair of twins. Both he and his wife are very experience in handling children. If you are truly concern about your children’s learning journey, log on to http://www.essentialsforparents.com and sign up for your FREE instant access to the Children’s Resources Centre!
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