Let’s Travel! But What About The Kids?

Any time there are the holidays coming up or a long weekend, what’s the first thing that pops up in our minds? We usually think about taking a vacation, a long one or a quick getaway, whatever our time on hand and our budget permits!But for many couples, those with babies and toddlers, there are a few more factors to be taken into consideration while planning a trip. But yes, it is entirely possible to Traveling with kids and that too, travel smoothly.

Once a trip has been planned, there begins the fun of planning and packing for the trip. What to carry and what not? How much is necessary and how much is enough?  As far as children are concerned, of course, priority has to be given to carrying their essentials, especially medicines for them and food items that they absolutely cannot do without. It would be a good idea to throw in sunscreen and hats if you are visiting a hot and sunny place and woolens if you are visiting a cold place. Babies have a lot of paraphernalia but it makes good packing sense to carry only what is absolutely necessary.

Once the packing is done, it’s time to begin the journey! If planned right, the journey can be more fun than the destination! Whether you are traveling with kids by plane, train, bus or car, entertainment for the children needs to be provided. Books, special toys, puzzles, music, even a favorite blanket, all need to be carried that cater to your children’s taste.

What is necessary When Traveling with Kids

Baby wipes, tissues, hand sanitizer and diapers if required are all a “must-carry”.  Any food that is carried needs to be the type that will not make a mess if dropped. Water has to be on hand in sufficient quantity and that too in a non-spill bottle or glass!  

If traveling with other passengers, parents should try their best to ensure that their children are not a nuisance to other passengers. Every parent can and should ingrain good behavior and a consideration for others in their children. Parents can definitely guide their children not to shout, run around and be a source of annoyance to the other passengers.

Enjoying with FamilyWhenever I have traveled, I have on numerous occasions been disturbed by a child howling or shouting and the parents making no effort to control him or her. I’m sure that many of you have had the same experiences as I have.

Once the traveling with kids is out of the way and you arrive at your destination, the fun should continue. Most definitely, your baby or toddler will need some time to settle down in a new environment.  Parents, you need to be patient and understanding about this.

Outings and excursions, ideally, need to be planned around the baby’s or toddler’s schedule, i.e. naptimes and meal times should be taken into account. Of course, if that is not practically possible, then parents need to take into account that the child/children might get fussy or cranky at certain times.

What is Parents Responsibility?

That is when a very important issue comes in: support. You are spouses to each other and you are also co-parents to your children. You need to work as a team when it comes to handling your children. Do avoid criticising and blaming each other if the children misbehave or something goes wrong.

Do try to give each other time away from the children for a while. Husbands, take care of the children and let your wives go shopping or to the spa. Wives, handle the children and let your husbands go to play a sport or for male buddies drinking session. Your spouse will love you for this!

Parents, it’s equally important that you use your vacation, however short it is, to reconnect with each other as a couple. Spending time with your spouse in a different environment, i.e. away from home and routine, can have a rejuvenating effect on your marriage.

Do try your best to spend time with each other, without the children. Even if it is just for a short while, try to grab a cup of coffee or a drink together. Talk to each other, bring each other up to date on what is happening in your lives.

It is perfectly natural that young children might fall ill in the course of a holiday. Parents, please do not panic! Administer the relevant medicines that you are carrying to the child that is unwell. Do call up your pediatrician to ensure that you are giving the right dosage and following the correct treatment.

Angel in Funny moodParents tend to get very anxious when young children are involved. Do remember that children sometimes fall ill when they are exposed to a new environment and experience a change in the air they breathe and the food and water that they consume. It is reassuring to remember that children also recover equally fast.

A vacation can be called a success when you as parents, return from it, happy, contented, charged and with fond memories. If you return from it cranky, irritated and depressed, you need to rethink and rework your vacationing and parenting strategy with your spouse!

So parents, remember that children can be taught to enjoy vacations as much as you. Travelling to new places will serve to give a good exposure and good experiences to your children. Keeping this in mind, let’s get set to plan and enjoy the next getaway. Bon, voyage to you!

This is a Guest Post from Meghasi Bhatt,

Hello, I am Meghasi Bhatt. I started my career as a lawyer but somehow ended up as a teacher and now I have aspirations to write! My first novella Mutiny at Primrose High is available on Amazon and Flipkart and also as an e-book on Amazon Kindle.

Meghasi Bhatt



Ultimate Summer Tips To Beat The Heat For Parents And Kids

As we enter summer, and the kids have holidays for their schools. We think about the various activities to enroll them into. So let me ask you this, are summer holidays only for kids? the answer is No, they are for us parents too. That’s because all their activities are to be taken care by us. Following are the ultimate summer tips which are a simple and useful piece of script that will help you and your kid in this summer vacation. 

Always make them wake up early, do regular exercises or send them for a walk, it will help them stay healthy in vacations. Outdoor games are also a great way to stay fit. 

Swimming Pool
Swimming Gives Them More Energy.

Don’t let them waste time playing video games or games on smartphones.

Instead, try skill-developing games like chess and scramble which improve their concentration power and vocabulary. Also let your kids actively participate in outdoor activities such as cycling, swimming etc.

Cycling is the best way to stay fit

The child’s physical as well as mental growth are the key points to consider this summer. Along with outdoor sports teach them new things such as words and how to use them into daily sentences.

Teach them to make flags of countries and remember their capitals.

By doing this activity my little kid learned the capitals of various countries and also learned colors of their flag.  Well, you as a parent can also play various indoor games with your kids. Tongue Twisters for Kids, board games for kids, riddles for kids are some interesting games you can play.

Let Them Play Real Games
Give them all the required stuff for crafts and make interesting paper items with them.

Try to analyze how brilliant your kid is. It will make them realize their potential and give them confidence in themselves. Do some social work this vacation, ‘visit old-age homes and spend some time with them, they’ll love it. Teach poor children to read and write, take your friends and their children with you

Parents Cycling
Summer Time Is For Parents As Well

Going out of the house for a holiday is always a fun activity for the kids as well as the parents.

Help your children rediscover the simple joys of life. If you’re busy at work, or can’t spend much time with them, send them to your native place to discover their roots. They will learn to occupy themselves without WiFi or Computers.

 Take your children on a short holiday, preferably in India.

It’s always better to explore your own country first before traveling around the world

Out Door Fun
Out Door Fun.

Take them to your office if you can, let them observe how you work hard for your family. Let them help you in simple household chores like cleaning their rooms, making their own beds, arranging the shelves and other such small tasks. Teach them the basics of cooking.

Teach them the value of things

Bonding with your kids must always be on your priority list. Reserve 45 minutes each day for talking to them, share stories from your
childhood. At times listen to their fears, help them understand and fight their fears.

All these activities will eventually help the kid grow and learn new stuff along with bonding with parents, that is the best part about summer holidays.

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