Tuesday Tips with Tasha
Happy Tuesday, Blog Family! A few weeks ago, our dear nanny pal Tasha had a short Q&A session about modern childcare options. She’s been quite busy as a London nanny of 3 active children so we had to delay her next post to this week. When I asked her what she’d like to write about, we bounced around a couple of ideas until this one landed. Perfect for all the upcoming trips that families are oft to do when warmer weather strikes. (Although I suggest traveling in winter weather to get out of the winter blues!) Without further adieu, here are Tasha’s 8 proven simple things you can do to save your sanity when traveling with kids.
1 Have snacks, ALWAYS.
The last thing you want is to have kids saying “I’m hungggrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyyy” and go on and on and on till you go in the shop to get something (which then turns into another nightmare). From ricecakes to fruit, have something to give them. I normally carry 3 different sets of snacks, plus something for yourself.
2 In the car, on the tube?
So you say you don’t want the kids on the iPad or phone the entire time? Get them too choose a colouring book/sticker book and a small little toy with which they can play on the journey, and stop the boredom and restlessness from appearing!
3 Let your children have their own little backpack, WHICH THEY KNOW THEY HAVE TO CARRY.
This allows them to have free access to the colouring books/reading books and little toys while on the journey and reduces the amount you have to carry. Make sure you tell the child before you leave he will be carrying it and be FIRM. If you end up carrying it, what’s the point?
4 Know where the toilets are located wherever you are going.
Simple, logical yet sometimes forgotten.
5 Write your mobile/cell number in PEN on the child’s arm.
Don’t write the child’s name just ‘mum’ ‘nanny’ ‘dad’, just in case they get lost. This helps ensure that someone will contact you.
6 Have a password with your child.
A pre-agreed word for safety to be used in case a stranger ever turned up and said ‘your mummy told me to get you’ and wanted the child to accompany him. If your child knows there is a password, he would ask the stranger for it, and know that he shouldn’t go with that person without the password. Remember if someone is picking up your child…..tell them the password.
7 Have a plan A, B and C.
Just in case, you never know…and this means you can move onto the next plan without anyone knowing but yourself.
8 Don’t stress about what anyone else is thinking about how your child is acting, or the way you’re parenting.
If your child misbehaves, tell them off and don’t be afraid to do so because you’re out in public. Otherwise your child may become the ‘nightmare’ child as she knows you won’t do a thing once out in public. If your child is talking loud, playing her games, is happy and having fun, but the people around her don’t like it…tough! You and your children have every right to be there too. There is no need to get stressed over other people.
So, lovely readers, what did you think? Do you have your own tips to add to this list? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!
Special thanks to Tasha for her easy to remember tips and we’ll see her soon, here again on a future Tuesday! If there’s something you’d like her to discuss, pop it into the comments or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for stopping by!