The Gift of Not Worrying

Un-worried flying sonI 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 asĀ  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.

About Caroline

I am a proud mother of two toddlers, living in Texas. I have been a globetrotter since childhood, and decided to continue with that despite all the hassle that comes with traveling with small kids. My opinion is that every kid benefits from exploring new cultures and seeing different places. So far, my passport has stamps from India, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, France and Greece. When flying is not an option, me and my family take the car out for a road trip, exploring the adventurous USA.
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