In December 2009, prior to leaving on a trip to Arizona with our then five-year-old twins, I posted this piece. Now that it’s summer and many families are embarking on long flights or longer drives, I thought I’d post the piece again.
If you’re looking for new content, check out Vivian’s “meen” notes to her dad over at StuffKidsWrite.com.
Here are 5 Tips for Traveling with Children:
Tip 1: Don’t.
So what’s wrong with vacationing in your house? There’s nothing wrong with it, besides the fact that your kids want to kill each other and you’ve started to wax poetic about the lives of your childless friends. Take it from someone who took her twins on two round-trip, trans-Pacific flights before they were thirteen months old: don’t.
Tip 2: If you must travel, wait until your kids can complete the New York Times Crossword in ink.
And, unless your kid is Ben Pall – a 14-year-old who created a crossword that was published in the Times in November, then you’re safe for a few years. By the way, Pall could recite the alphabet at the age of two…backwards. Freak.
Tip 3: There’s only one button that matters: repeat play.
It doesn’t matter if your kid can recite all the words to Finding Nemo. After all, look at Ben Pall.
Tip 4: If you have a choice, travel before Christmas.
Your arsenal of discipline-techniques increases greatly if you can use Santa as a threat. Put him on speed dial. If you have to travel outside of December, throw out nutritional expectations and food pyramids. Candy makes a great second-level threat.
Tip 5: Seriously, don’t do it.
But if you do, bring earplugs.
What tips or memories do you have about traveling with children?
or as a child?
UPDATE of Thing 1 & Thing 2’s Excellent Adventure: Both things are en route to Tennessee, where they will be hosted by the wonderful Jess Buttram. So far, more than 25 people (from 6 countries) have signed up to host Thing 1 & Thing 2. It’s not too late to add your name to the list. Just click the link above.