Clara Micalement

6 Tips For Flying With Kids

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If the thought of boarding an airplane with your kids causes you to slightly panic, you are not alone. Most people would rather do just about anything else than fly with their children, myself included.

There are a few things you can do, however, to make the experience go a little bit smoother. The six things I do each time we fly include:

1. Giving each child an ID bracelet to wear while we travel.

I do this just in case we are separated by mistake. Each bracelet lists the wearer’s medical information – such as their allergies – as well as my name and cell phone number. It is also a good idea to take a picture of each child before entering the airport. This can simply help locate your child quicker if they happen to become separated from you.

2. Using a backpack styled diaper bag instead of an over-the-shoulder one.

This diaper bag style takes up much less space than a traditional one usually does. That means it can fit under the seat in front of you to have close at hand the entire flight. The smaller design also helps you avoid accidentally smacking other passengers with it as you pass them.

3. Packing a lot of drinks, snacks and special treats in our carry-on bags to help avoid hunger induced tantrums.

Be sure to check with the regulations of your chosen airline, however, for their specific food and liquid restrictions. Doing so will help ensure that you don’t need to throw things away while going through the airport’s security.

4. Packing a variety of things to entertain the kids during the flight.

Aside from drinks and snacks, each carry-on bag includes a few of their favorite books and small toys. If you have older children, let them indulge in their electronic devices for entertainment. Just make sure they know to use their headphones and to switch the devices off during take-off and landing.

5. Putting an extra clean outfit in each of their carry-on bags, as well as my own.

From potty-training mishaps to spilled food or drinks, accidents happen when you least expect them to. It is wise to have extra clothes on hand just in case you need them.

6. Letting them expend as much energy as possible while we wait to board our flight.

Some airports have designated play areas that safely allow kids to do this without bothering other waiting passengers. If your airport doesn’t have a designated play area, however, there are a few other things you can try. Letting them run up and down a sidewalk or testing out the moving pathways are both good alternatives. Just make sure your kids are mindful of the other waiting passengers while they are getting all that energy out.

Traveling is an exhausting and sometimes frustrating time for just about anyone. For those of us with kids in tow, it can be especially difficult sometimes. Hopefully these tips help make the next flight you take with your children just a little bit easier.

5 Fun Indoor Play Ideas

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Between the cold and all the rain we get, the weather where I live is absolutely miserable all through winter. That means my kids tend to spend a little more time indoors than any of us would like.

To keep us all a bit more sane, I put together a list of activities to do to keep everyone busy. The kids just pick a few choices off the list and we have fun playing together – despite the cruddy weather.

I’ve shared that list below to try and help you keep your own family’s sanity intact when you’re stuck inside.

1. Play Card or Board Games

Sitting down to play a board game or card game together is always a fun option to consider. Both types of games provide hours of entertainment and they teach important life skills – like teamwork, turn-taking and socialization.

2. Pretend Play Together

This is my children’s favorite indoor activity. The best thing about it? There are tons of imaginative play ideas to choose from! A few ideas to get you started include:

  • Use a play kitchen to be chefs in a restaurant
  • Gather stuffed animals together and run a vet’s clinic
  • Go grocery shopping with food items from a play kitchen
  • Or, dress up and have a fashion show.

3. Have a “Treasure” Hunt

Who doesn’t love a good treasure hunt? I know my kids sure do. Plus, they are super easy to set-up!

First, you need to hide the treasure – a special treat or some small toys work well – somewhere in the house. Then you need to write clues to find the treasure on slips of paper and hide them around the house.

Make sure to leave the starting clue in an easy-to-find spot to get the kids going. The first person to follow all of the hidden clues to the treasure wins it.

4. Build Something Together

You can use a wide variety of things – from Legos and blocks to cardboard boxes and pillows – to build with. All you need is a little creativity for hours of playtime.

Assemble buildings and cities or even a cool fort to hide out in. Make things a little competitive by seeing who can build something the quickest or who can make the highest tower.

5. Hold a Karaoke or Dance Party

Music can make any dreary day brighter. Put your favorite songs on the radio and let yourself go crazy! Sing along to all of your favorite songs for a fun karaoke party – use hairbrushes or cooking spoons as microphones.

Show off your best dance moves by having a groovy dance party along with, or instead of, a karaoke party. Alternately, you can have a dance competition to see who has the most creative dance steps to show off.

These are just a few of the indoor play ideas that we use when we can’t go outside. Try them all out with your own kids for hours of inside fun.

How To Get Your Kids To Clean Up Their Toys

One of the common problems that parents encounter when their kids are playing indoors is cleaning up their mess. They find it tiring and a waste of time. Sometimes when you want to keep your house neat and clean, you can’t help it, because you have your kids with you playing around your house. You need to clean up their mess because you can’t relax when you see your kid’s corner. But one thing for sure, you can only stop these stressful chores when you let your kids clean up their mess, by teaching them or finding some ways that can encourage them to clean it.

So, here are some ways on how you can get your children to clean up their mess.

Teach them early

If you want your kids to learn how to clean up their mess inside your house after their indoor play, then, start teaching them early as young age.  You can assure that your kids would love to do it with your proper guidance and rewarding thoughts.

Fewer toys to play with the better

The less toys for your kids the less mess. It’s also better for their creativity, attention and happiness. This is a very interesting article on the subject of happy baby toys.

Warn them before messing up

It can be a good idea that before you let your child touch their toys and create a mess, you warn them before they start. Make a deal that they can only play if they tidy up at the end.

Give incentives

Some kids love to receive gifts, tokens and rewards. Children just want something rewarding after they’ve done something good and which would make you impressed. So when you let them tidy their toys with incentives, then expect that they will follow what you ask them to do.

Demonstrate how it is done

One of the best tips that children would clean up their mess is to show your way of how to clean the untidy toys, there they will try to imitate what you are doing.

Make it a routine

You can remind them everyday and make it as an everyday habit too. If it becomes their routine, then you can have fewer headaches.

Provide child-friendly boxes

Parents should provide a storage box safe for their kids and suitable to keep and store toys. Don’t ask them to put toys on high shelves; it’s risky and they will struggle.

Explain the benefits

It can be helpful also if you explain to your kids the advantage of cleaning up their mess in a most reasonable way.

Teaching your kids on how to clean up their toys is like helping your child to discipline themselves and taking control on their actions inside the house. But parents, when you teach your child never shout at them, nor punish them if they can’t follow, because young kids don’t understand much of what they are doing, all you just need to do is demonstrate for them.