And now the conclusion of our three part series on handling long haul travel with kids
This actually starts on the airplane. No, I don’t mean giving your child melatonin...that’s for you and your pediatrician to decide (for the record, I’m against any medication for this purpose- natural or not). What I mean is that we plan the routine and time difference from the flight. Knowing what time you will arrive at your destination and what the difference from home will help you plan when and how long your child needs to sleep or nap on the plane. For example, since we fly east to Greece on an afternoon flight which arrives in the morning I put them down for a long nap (aim for 4 hours). How? I do the whole nightly routine - change them into pajamas if you must, sing them lullabies, give them milk - lots!
Best advice. I used to care a lot more about the opinions and judgement of the other passengers than about the well-being of my kids. I didn’t rationally think of it that way, but in effect that was what was happening. I would end up in tears and frustrated while my children would be bewildered and confused. I had let other’s judgement affect my composure and the kids felt it. Be aware of your surroundings, but don’t let them overshadow your belief that you are doing the best that you can in a difficult situation. That’s all anyone can ask of you.
And if all fails, "at it's worst, it's just one day" and you will never see these people again.