Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Truth About Traveling With Kids

If you're planning on traveling with kids anytime soon, you must know these truths...

1.  No matter how many toys and distractions you pack for the car, your 21 month old will reject all of your offerings before you leave your hometown.  She will try to trick you into thinking you have won by considering an offer for about 6 seconds, take it thoughtfully in her hand, and then chuck it at you with a resounding NO!  She will proceed to scream for the next hour.  You will then decide that now would be a great time to work on the phrase, "Momma, help please!"  You'll repeat that for the next hour whenever your child takes a breath between screams.

2.  Your long-since potty trained 5 1/2 year old will announce his need to use the bathroom right after you leave a store with wonderful restrooms...which you suggested he use before you left, but were answered with, "I don't need to go!"  This will happen multiple times on your trip.

3.  You will resort to looking at your toddler in the rear view mirror during the long car ride, because any direct eye contact results in ear-piercing screams.  This is especially important when you are checking to see if she has fallen asleep.

4.  Upon arriving at your destination, your third child husband will realize that he has forgotten to pack any of a particularly important item.  You will be kind and not remind him that you attempted to go through his packing list with him, but were scoffed and told that he was an expert packer.  You then go visit the local outlets much sooner than you planned, explaining to your 5 year old that underwear is more important than going to the arcade.

5.  Your early-riser children, who have eliminated your need for an alarm clock, will decide to sleep in on the last day of your vacation--and the only day you actually need to get up early in order to be checked out by 10:00.  You will most certainly run around barking orders at your poor husband who knows that you have plenty of time, but won't remind you of it until you're pulling out of the parking lot at 9:14.

This is obviously very tongue-in-cheek, but we really did have a great time!  I hope that I made you smile and perhaps remind you of your travels with your own kiddos!  There will be many more stories of our adventures in the next few days (or weeks!), but I wanted to share this one because I was asked by one of the companies I partner with to write about traveling with kids.

They are called Culturelle, and they make probiotics that support a healthy digestive system.  I've been using their products for about a year with Abby.  I was really excited when I was offered the chance to partner with them, since we already love their product!  Our pediatrician first recommended it, so we keep it on hand and always use it whenever she takes an antibiotic.  It virtually eliminates the more unpleasant side effects of the medicine--which seems to affect Abby more than most. :( You can pretty much buy it at any drug store, and I see it on sale a lot!  (Bonus!)  We brought some with us on the trip, just in case either of the kids had any stomach troubles.  Thankfully, none was needed because everybody stayed healthy!  But ya never know...

 I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are always mine!  :)

1 comment:

Debbie said...

love your sense of humor combined w/honesty. BTW, the 3rd child will always remain a child...just saying