I have learned that there is one thing that can ruin everything. The worrying before the flight. As a parent, it is so easy to get into the mood where you think about everything that can go wrong on the trip. I used to. But I have realized, that even though my kids get sick or if I spill coffee all over me (or my neighbor), I will still get to the destination.
As long as I let go of how my hair will look when I arrive, it will all work out.
I am not gonna lie and say that it will be a piece of cake to fly with the kids. If there are two parents of you; congrats. If you, like me, do it on your own: you will survive! My kids have done excellent on flights. They have also behaved very, shall we say, bad. Too bad that the airplanes do not have a special place for the kids on board, but what can we do?
One time when I flew to Europe, I happened to end up next to two scientist. Being married to one myself, I have full respect for what they are doing. However, the first thing this very smart researcher said to me was: “I hope the kids will sleep.” Well, sir, I hope to. Unlikely, but good for you if they will. My point is: my kids did not come with a remote control. I will do everything I can if they behave badly or cries, but I am not gonna stress myself about it.
While we are on the subject of stress: be on time. I normally check in as soon as they open. I just cannot be late, since that is one thing that adds stress for me. I chose to be early so that we all will have plenty of time to go through the security, eat something light and use the restrooms.