Ever hear the saying “If you want to catch a fish you have to think like a fish”?   Managing children as they grow up is a lot like that …you need to understand how their brains work and what motivates their behavior to be able to reach them most effectively. When you are traveling which is full of new experiences and unusual situations, understanding your children and preparing in advance for what you may expect can take away a lot of the surprise and minimize the stress. That said, parents know that sometimes no matter what you do your children will have minds of their own. Take it in stride and others will empathize as it’s likely they’ve been there themselves. Just another note … a recent survey of air passengers did discover that a significant percentage of air passengers would rather sit next to a child than an obnoxious adult!   So there you have it ….people are more tolerant of child travelers than you would think! Here are some tips that may help you have success for each age group during a long haul travel experience.

  • Infants

    Traveling with an infant has it’s own criteria for preparedness.  Here’s a complete look at the things you should consider including seats, food and how to get Baby to stop crying!   Read More

  • Toddlers

    We’re defining Toddlers and being from just over one year old to four years old.  Preschool looms!  Toddlers can be terrific travelers yet they still can fall back into behaviors they can’t control.  Learn how a bit of advance planning and a lot of love makes taking your toddler on a long flight no big deal. Read More

  • Youth

    Young school age children are so ready to explore the world.  But, they still need guidance and reassurance. You, their parents,  are still the most important persons in their lives. When preparing them for travel, be sure to give clear instructions and let them know what’s expected of them.  Learn more in this section.  Read More

     

  • Tweens

    From ages 10 to 14, your preteen will be experiencing many difficult developments in their lives including physical, mental/intellectual, and emotional changes. This period is frequently considered the most difficult period of adolescence. Middle school isn’t everyone’s favorite time!  How does this affect the travel experience?   Read More

  • Teens

    The teen years from 15-18 is a time of more changes with how the teen feels, thinks and socializes.  Most girls have completed puberty while boys are still growing.  Their brains are still developing.  These teen years may bring less conflict between child and parent.  Your teen is getting more in touch with their personalities and ideas.  Relationships with friends are important but they are developing also a stronger sense of self.  Teens are ready for more independence as they may soon have a job or be off to college.  Teens make interesting travel companions and you may be looking for ways to enrich their experience.

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