Surviving long flights with kiddo's.
Travelling with kids would have to be right up there on the list of life's most stressful situations. Only to be beaten by moving house, job interviews and planning a wedding!
How will they behave? Will they sleep on the plane? Are they going to cry on take off and landing? Will i look like the crazy lady that can't control her kids? #shootmenow
I think we have all been there at one point in our parenting careers and more power to the mama's who remain as cool as a cucumber and sill manage to get off a 10 hour flight without a hair out of place.
I ain't of those mama's. Granted Lulu's a great flyer, a seasoned traveller even. I'm the worry wort, i always expect/fear the worst. But honestly as long as she has some activities and a little distraction she's a great flying companion.
Enter the Aeroplane pass the parcel! (insert spirit fingers here)
Someone once shared this little gem when we were taking Lulu on her first international trip and it worked a treat. Now i'm not usually one for bribing kids into doing something but i do believe there are special circumstances in which it is highly sensible and can't hurt!
THIS is one of those situations.
It's essentially what you would make up for a children's birthday party pass the parcel except, there really isn't any passing around! Each layer has a different little activity or treat that will give you some quality quiet time and entertainment/distraction for the little one.
Do as many layers as you need (i generally do one per 45 mins/hour of flying time) and hit up the $2 shop for stashes of pencils, colouring in books, stickers, mini puzzles, whatever your little one is into.
Wrap everything up and away you go. Unwrapping is half the fun, and the promise of finding out what's in the next layer is enough to promote good flight behaviour, well kinda!
Can't wait to give the above one to Lulu on our trip, see you soon Hawaii!!!