On July 14th, I was interviewed about “Never Drink Coffee During a Business Meeting” on The Penny Hoader site.
Since it is summer, here are a few tips to make travel better for your kiddies and hopefully better for your fellow travelers!
#1-Pack Something New
Throughout the weeks prior to your travel look for new items such as games, toys, books that you can save away for your first day of travel. I do this throughout the year, thinking of “stocking stuffers” if I don’t use these items for travel time. Another idea is to download new Ebooks or buy new books your children have been dying to read or buy books that are our their annual school reading list. I actually wrap these as presents when I give them to my girls on the plane or in a long car ride.
#2-Find new food or drinks or dry mixes
I’m not a great cook, however I can follow recipes and as most moms know, we typically know the palate of our children and their likes and dislikes in snacks and drinks. I try to find food items that I know my daughters will relish. I also find recipes that are simple enough for them to make and we try to pack these sort of items for our trips.
This past school year we have made breakfast smoothies a big part of our morning. In this I have found that the way to make smoothies on the go is to put the dry ingredients in a baggy and then stop for some yogurt on the way to school, along with milk or juice or even sometimes water, we have found a way to make them delicious.
#3 Write a travel blog
Research your destination AND the stops on the way prior to your trip with your children, then save websites, articles, books, and begin a travel log/journal/blog or even a travel book for them that they can continue while on the plane or in the car. Whatever the age of your children it is never too early to start recording the events or their life from their perspective. Everyone has a little author in them and nearly every kid loves to take photographs!
When traveling on the plane the last tip make sure you take advantage of early check in or even Family check in, to make sure once you get on the plane, you get the kiddies settled and get all items secure in their place for easy access. For us this always includes headphones and fuzzy socks and of course their blankets.
So it’s been a few years since I’ve had babies in car seats traveling on airplanes, but trust me I’ve done it many many times in my past.
So I had the misfortune on my flight back from Tampa yesterday to sit next to a 3 year old boy and directly in front of a baby in a car seat., and I will explain why.
The 3 year old boy sitting next to me was no issue whatsoever and slept through nearly all 5 hours of the direct flight I was on.
The baby in the row behind me was another story.
First because the baby in the car seat was directly behind me, my already super small area around my seat was kept that way, because the car seat blocked my ability to recline my seat.
Sitting next the baby in the car seat was a toddler probably about 2 or 3 years old and then at the aisle seat was the mom.
This baby behind me cried the ENTIRE flight and the cries could be heard through my Bluetooth headset. Needless to say I had a fairly horrible flight.
At times I would take my headset off and look around the plane to see if this bothered anyone else., everyone seem oblivious. At times I fantasized about getting bumped up to first class due to this inconvenience that primarily affected me. At times I thought I heard silence.
Of course none of this happened.
What did happen was that at times I could hear the mom shooshing the baby over and over which just compounded the crying from my perspective.
So my question here is why? Why from my perspective did this mom not have a way of quieting her baby? I never noticed the mom picking up the baby, walking down the aisle and/or rocking it? I never noticed a bottle satisfy the baby or notice the mom breast feeding? I could have missed this but since the crying did not cease, I’m was fairly certain it never happened. It was perplexing to me why from my perspective the mom seemed to me to let the babies cry go on and on.
I know that as a young mom traveling with younger children one of the basic themes for me was MORE is MORE. Meaning I took everything from sugar to salt snacks, soft toys, fun toys, blankets and video’s. The large backpack was over stuffed with anything and everything to distract, entertain and possibly persuade to sleep my children at their various ages.
In the end of course I did survive the flight and it was the “end of the world” which I’m apt to tell my daughters when I feel like they are over dramatizing incidents. I did not able to catch a glimpse of the assumed very tired mom behind me, but I hope perhaps next time they fly they might find something to help them ease the trip.
Click on the picture to see the two interview parts on the ABC Action News site.
Now a regular contributor on the Daytime Show on WFLA, Liza discusses working Mom myths with Cyndi Edwards on June 30th, 2016:
Did you know that Children are often more independent and multi-tasking and they actually learn to handle greater responsibility? This dispels just one of the myth’s of children being raised in single parent households. To hear Liza Marie Garcia talk about others, watch this Interview on Daytime WFLA.
Liza is now a regular contributor on the Daytime Show on WFLA: Did you know that Children are often more independent and multi-tasking and they actually learn to handle greater responsibility? This dispels just one of the myth’s of children being raised in single parent households. To hear Liza Marie Garcia talk about others, watch this Interview on Daytime WFLA.