Source: Parents.com PLUS a little extra input from yours truly!
Link to the full article HERE
Whether you're flying or driving with the family, it can be a tad on the stressful side. How do I know? I'm the mother of an 8 year old boy and a 4 year old girl and we love to get around! Experience has been my best teacher and I would like to share a bit of what I learned along the way!! We'll also leave it to the pros at Parents.com to ease your holiday travel anxiety!
1) Involve your kids in the planning process
2) Tell everyone exactly what you've got planned. Kids feel more secure when they know what to expect each day. Make sure you let them know about what happens at security and definitely use the "family" check in line.
3) If you're hitting the road, make sure you have a great navigation system. I prefer WAZE. It's a combines navigation with social media. It automatically diverts you around traffic. It has saved me a ton of time and headaches. It should be available on your smart phone. Just make sure you have a car charger with you. It uses a lot of battery.
4) Have a supply of good travel foods (Cheerios, string cheese, bananas) with you at all times. If your child doesn't like the food on the plane or at a party, snacks are a great way to head off a tantrum from a hungry toddler
7) Avoid overscheduling!!! When you're away from home, it's tempting to cram in as much fun as you possibly can. But too many people, parties, and activities can overload your child. Instead, focus on one big outing each day and schedule in plenty of downtime.
Do NOT be afraid to ask strangers for help. Your stress can turn into their stress, so they'll probably lend a helping hand!!
REMEMBER: You are TOO BLESSED to be STRESSED! Breathe and enjoy! The more you do it, the easier it will get. :)