|Sleeping baby on the airplane. Priceless.|
My first thought was how do they have room for multiple goodie bags? When I fly with my children my arms are so full of snacks, special blankies, toys, stickers, pacifiers, carseats, diapers, baby carriers and our entire kitchen island. Okay not the kitchen island, but it sure feels that way traveling with children. I wonder how you can possibly have space to bring items for strangers. I recently went on a Disney cruise to the Bahamas and forgot my current passport and was almost denied entry. So I am going to start with making sure priority items are with me instead of candy for unknown adults.
My final thought was how come there is this enormous pressure for parents to go the extra mile because their child might cry and bother someone for a few minutes? No one gave me a goodie bag when they decided to take up the entire carry-on bin. No one apologized to me when I had to smell horrible body odor/perfume/food for a 4 hour flight. No one gave me a sweet note warning me they might start snoring in my ear when they doze off. All these things have happened on flights and we give each other a break and let it go. Please don't up the expectations for people traveling with young children.
|I was 8 weeks post-partum, but still didn't want to miss seeing one of the most beautiful places, Jenny Lake.|
|We survived our first flight as a family and now enjoying the resort pool.|
We recently returned from our family vacation to Texas. This was the second trip we have taken as a family of four and one of many that we have traveled together as parents. Each trip we have taken with our young girls has gotten easier and easier to travel as a family. But this last trip really brought a lot of happy memories. When I travel I feel a sense of adventure, freedom, excitement, and gratitude. I have made some compromises for my children, but travel was a priority I was never willing to put on the back burner. My feelings of wanderlust have always been strong and I want to instill that same sense of appreciation for new places in my children. I believe new experiences and travel help shape my children's perception. I want them to see and learn about as much of the world as possible. I encourage anyone with children to push them outside their comfort zone and take a trip every year.