Guest Post - Travelling with kids?

Sunday, February 27, 2011

With the strong Australian Dollar, there is the temptation to travel overseas and for most parents this involves travelling with our children.  I asked Julie from Julie Warner Travel to share her expertise in travelling with kids on a plane. 
  • Firstly, be prepared; take a drink and some favourite snacks as you just never know if the kids will eat the airline food and if there are delays and you are stuck on the tarmac there is nothing worse than a hungry child.
  • Take a supply of mints, lollies or something that children can chew on to help ease ear pain with air travel especially as planes start to descend for landing.
  • Most International route airlines have fantastic onboard entertainment systems in each seat these days which keep kids entertained for hours.
  • Pack items in a small wheelie bag or back pack with a few pockets which can be taken onboard and stored under the seat. Something that is easy for the kids to wheel/carry themselves, but light enough for parents to pick up and carry if required. The pockets make it easier to find everything and for packing up as the kids know where things need to go.
  • Buy a few low cost new items from discount stores and wrap as presents to bring out when getting bored.
Things to take:
  • Comfort item (teddy or blanket)
  • Coloring book or Activity Book
  • Blank paper for drawing with wind up crayons or retractable pencils (no sharpening required)
  • Stickers to provide hours of entertainment creating pictures
  • Sticker Activity Books- Kids can do them and then toss away to lighten the load.
  • Scrapbook – for holiday journal. Write in at the end of each day, draw pictures of the days activities and paste in any items gathered throughout the day such as entrance tickets, postcards or any treasures that may have caught your children’s eye.
  • Small tub of Play dough, a roller and a couple of cutters. This is great on planes, no mess and lots of fun.
  • Magnetic create a scene sets – hours of fun creating stories
  • Small cars, animals or dolls (in zip lock bag or in a back pack small pocket)
  • Small transformers (hours of entertainment re-making them into characters/machines)
  • Small light weight books
  • Anything that your child is interested in that is easily transportable
Perhaps more for the older child:
  • MP3 player/ipod
  • Electronic Games – Nintendo DS, PSP, Gameboy etc
  • Books – a bit of a pain to carry, but if you have an avid reader then it will keep them amused for long periods
Take some panadol for all family just in case you need it on the long haul.
Small pack of tissues and pack of travel wet wipes just in case!
Anti-Bacterial hand gel to use when difficult to find a basin to wash hands.
Also, take a recent photo of your child in case you lose them in a crowd.

Julie from Julie Warner Travel Plans is a travel planning expert who has personally travelled to over 80 countries with her husband and taken their 7 and 9 year old children to 13 and 16 countries respectively.

Julie takes the mystery out of holidays with your children and can show you step by step how to:
- Plan an affordable family holiday, research travel options, put together an itinerary, book your accommodation and tours, successfully pack lightly, keep the kids entertained and make the most of your days away. If you loved travelling before you had kids and would like to take trips with your family but just lack the confidence to put it all together, then Julie can help you!

A simple lesson about worry

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Worry – that feeling you get when you think about something, that thought nagging you in the back of your mind, constantly there and it can be stressful.

I’ve had that for a few days now, my hair is shedding, thinning enough that I notice and its becoming a concern for me. Yesterday, I found the courage to ask the lady in the pharmacy about it. The lady said, “it could be stress related or there could be other causes, if after taking these vitamins for 30 days there is no improvement see your doctor as hair loss could also be related to thyroid issues.”

So now my concern turns to worry, I was okay with the stress, I am under some more than usual, but now it could be something else? Now I have another stress, thinking about the something else it could be. The whole afternoon and evening the worry grew, in the back of my mind... what if it is the worst case scenario? what if the vitamins don’t work? what if 30 days is too long to wait?

Worry, it has this power. It builds up and up and up. Well, this morning I thought why wait 30 days! I dread needles but dragged myself to the doctor and told him exactly what I told the lady at the pharmacy. This time I got a blood test. Amazing how much better I feel already, the pressure is off (I’m still waiting for the results) but the needle part is over and at least I will know for sure, very soon, not 30 days from now. This is my lesson - Don’t wait and worry, worry and do something about it. If you can...

Not all worries can be easily fixed but there may be some truth in the saying "a burden shared is a burden halved".

Fear is a strong thing and it fuels worry? Preparedness, Prayer, Faith and Hope, these are the things to fill our minds with. What fear or worry can you share that may get it out of your head? Not so that people can fix it or tell you to get over it but that it’s out there and this lessens the power of it already. What action, if any, can you take to lessen a worry?

We’re not all the same

Monday, February 21, 2011

I’ve been quiet on my blogposts for a few weeks now, not knowing what to write but mainly because I have been reading other people's blogs.  This journey through blogville has left me feeling challenged, amazed.  Reflecting on some of the recent blogs I have read. Two things have become clear, one thing is that "blogs are as individual as the people behind them".

I was reading a blog the other day and thought to myself, wow, if only I had the enthusiasm or charisma that this blogger has or the openness and honesty to let it all out there as another blogger has done. Then it hit me, we are not all the same! We are all different and what better place or example to see it than reading blogs, from the humourous, adventurous to serious and flowing. There is a blog out there for anyone! I work with different personality types, I believe in allowing children to develop according to their natural personality traits. So, I learnt a lesson that freed me to blog again.

A quote I had up on my facebook page, was by C.S. Lewis -

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one”

This is true for any interaction – that moment we feel connected, or ‘normal’ or accepted for who we are and what we have been through or are going through presently. The moment we realise we aren’t alone, there are others like us and others who have been through very similar situations to us- this is community, it’s online, it’s widespread and we can read about, think about, be challenged by... this the gift of the blog.

We are not all the same, blogs represent different personality types, expose us (the readers) to experiences and emotions that may be similar and different to our own. So have you found blogs you connect with or don’t connect with, why do you think that is?

Perhaps a good time to thank those of you who follow this blog! Thank you.

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