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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

 

Tiny Tots and their Toys

If you’re a mother of an active kid/child who loves to play, we know how cute he/she looks when he plays with his little toys. But what after he’s done playing? The entire house becomes a treasure hunt location for you, while you’re trying to find toys that are all over the place.

Messy Toys for child
Well, I can’t handle it now!

This habit of scattering of toys eventually leads to an unorganized child. You need to teach him the ethics of playing and post-playing activities.

So where do you start?

Firstly, teach them not to scatter toys in the first place. Try giving them a specific location where they can put their toys after playing. Every time the kid throws a toy away, tell him to bring it back and play with it in the given area.
You could also make him/her learn while stacking the toys. All you have to do is bring him a narrow pocket to store all his toys. And make it a habit of storing all the toys inside, scattering free. Simultaneously, teach him to put the less used toys in the back, and the more frequently used ones in the front. This will teach him order and priority.

Arranged Toys
My Good Girl Angel!

Never give a kid many new toys at once.

Try giving him a new toy every week, so that he/she learns to play with it first and then moves onto the next one. This way he/she will know the value of each toy and will be surprised every week for a new toy.
It’s a casual approach for parents for bringing toys for their children, always try and bring some toys that help develop their brain and body. You could get them toys that help develop their motor neurons. Motor neurons are the cells in our body which help transfer charge from one body part to another, helping the cells to coordinate with muscles and the brain.

Kids Love Toys
Now she’s happy 😉

One of the best ways to give your kid new toys every week is by joining a toy library in your city. This is the modern day good parent option that a majority of city parents follow. The library gives your kid a new toy to play every week and replaces it with the old one. They also carry out a lot of research in giving toys to your child, that in-turn saves you the hassle of selection of new toys.

Group plays

If you child is really messy child and doesn’t listen to you,  when it comes to organizing his/her own toys, make them play in groups and ask them to compete with each other, so who ever puts up toys first, should be rewarded  In an healthy manner. This motivate kids to organize their toys next time when you ask them to play. Recently I made a colorful cupboard for my angel for her  toys and school stationery and gave a each colour drawer a name , this has made my daughter more attracted towards going to cupboard taking one toy at a time and keeping it again. I also play with her while organizing toys, so that my work gets easier and she learns to do her work as well.

Also I have bought colorful boxes of different sizes for her crayon, pencils and other stationery, as she is growing she has also realized the importance of keeping it in a place. She herself realized that if I don’t keep things in proper place she won’t get it back.

Always ask your kid to play on play mat rather than on floor.  So it become easy for them to pick up small toys or stationery and room gets cleaner fast. For eg you have a guest at home and your kid has spread the whole toy bucket and guest has no space to stand. This would be bit insulting for ourselves, so if you kids toys are on mat, for time being you can take the whole mat to another room to make this room cleaner (kind of hack). 

It is always THE BEST option to DONATE the toys that your kid doesn’t like to play.

There are thousands of children that never get to play with toys in their entire childhood. Donating old toys will teach your child the joy of giving and probably you’ll make someone’s day, win-win.

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