In her recent Washington Post article, Julie Vick writes about two kinds of experiences parents flying with young children have. The first, where strangers remark on the child’s good inflight behavior and the second, where where all eye contact is avoided as the parent and child are exiting the plane!
We’ve all been there! Flying with young children can be a crapshoot, no matter how prepared you are. And feeling judged only makes it worse! As Vick writes, the best thing that can happen is that fellow parents flying with you will show support and perhaps an anecdote from their own experiences. This also goes for the grocery store meltdown, the noisy toddler in church, and the fussy baby in a restaurant.
Offer to help (or at least smile and don’t look judgey). This will go a long way to lowering the stress of the parent which, in turn, will lower the stress of the child.
Let Them Fly!0