Probably one of the most daunting tasks as a young parent is taking your kids on a long haul trip, and even more daunting - on an airplane. Perhaps you have seen the cute tweets or Instagram posts about parents handing out bags of candy and earplugs to their fellow traveling companions, in a plea to keep them from complaining about a screaming kid.
Most people think taking young children on vacations can be a waste of money because they are not old enough to enjoy it yet. However, what most people don’t know is that these can be some of the most memorable experiences in a child’s life. Children can begin to remember certain memories starting around the age of three, whether it’s an actual memory of, for instance, a trip to Disney World, or just a happy and nostalgic feeling they get when they think of it. These memories can help to spark an interest for later on in life, whether it be the place they want to live one day or the kind of work they want to do like the people there.
Potty training for the first time can be very overwhelming, especially with the mess and the baby’s cries. It’s easy to look around and ask yourself why-why is this so challenging, why isn’t your child potty trained when all of their friends are. While these thoughts may cause stress in the beginning, as long as you are prepared from the start, there will be nothing to worry about.