Flying with a child can be nerve jangling for both the child and parent. This is especially if it’s their first time, since you never know how they’re going to react. As any frequent traveler knows, it’s not the most pleasant flying experience when there’s a screaming kid a few rows behind you. So if you’re about to go on a journey with your child, whether it’s the first time or not, here are some helpful tips on how both you and the child(ren) can have a pleasant flight:
Make it an adventure
Back in the day, flying used to be an experience that people dressed up for and got excited about. Sadly, the fun of flying on a plane has been replaced with complaints about legroom and electronic devices having to be turned off. Bring it by making it an adventure for your child. You can show them the basics of how a plane works (or just say “magic”, whichever is more convenient), or just show them a fun animated movie about planes to stoke the fire. Bottom line is to get them excited about it.
After they’ve become sufficiently enthusiastic about flying, the next task is to keep them occupied during the flight. Here’s what you should bring, at the very least:
1) Ear plugs: It can get loud in the plane, and that alone can be enough to send a child into screaming fits.
2) Their favorite gum: The changes in altitude can cause pain in their ear, which is why you should give your child a piece of gum during take-off and landing. The chewing helps to “pop” the ear, offsetting some of the pressure.
3) Their favorite toy: Whether it’s to placate them during the dragging hours of the flight, or to use as a security blanket, bringing your kid’s favorite toy is a must. You’re most likely going to encounter turbulence, so anything that will help take their mind of the plane during these times is a bonus.
4) Some fun games: The trick is to keep them occupied during the flight, so if they have a favorite card game, bring it (even if they are better at it than you!). One of the most popular options these days is a tablet, where they can watch movies and play games all at their fingertips. Again, whatever keeps them quiet.
As all parents know, it’s hard to predict exactly how your child is going to act in a new circumstance. You just have to be prepared and ready for anything. Oh and don’t forget to give them the window seat. They’ll want to see what’s going on. Who knows how much hell they might raise if they don’t get it!
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