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January 26, 2009


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A-men. We've traveled with our two many times and been complimented on their good behavior. And we were NOT blessed with mellow, laid-back children. It's a matter of setting your expectations high and then teaching the child how to meet them.


That's a perfect way to put it. I think too many people set their expectations too low, but "he's only two!" is destined to turn into "he's only [whatever age he is]" for the rest of his life and not likely to result in a functional member of society.


I agree, but not without adding there are times when you are doing everything you possibly can do, and still end up with a screaming child. Both of my girls are good travellers but there was an age, between 1-2, when at some point during the travelling they just wanted to sleep, and since I couldn't provide a bed/crib for them, they screamed. Chloe cried for something like 4 out of the 5 hours it took for us to get from Orlando to LAX, despite us doing everything we could think of to help her, with snacks, drinks, books, toys, and so on. I felt awful but the one thing I couldn't give her was a flat sleeping surface, so it didn't really matter that I was prepared in every other way.

I don't give in to bratty behavior, and I don't buy into things like "But she doesn't let me brush her hair/she didn't want to sit in her carseat/I couldn't stop her from kicking the back of the seat!" or whatever. I think I'm pretty strict in general. But there are things that are beyond your control, and *sometimes* the behavior of your (small) children is one of them.

I'm glad to hear that H had a good time, though! It's so much nicer when they get past the young toddler phase and into bigger kid stuff.


I think that's part of the learning process and setting expectations. I expect more of my 4 year old than I do of my 2 year old. And I will expect more of both of them 6 months down the road. And in a few years I will expect both of them to entertain themselves so I can go back to reading or napping in flight.


Oh, agreed! Best flight so far was Kansas (almost 3 years ago), when Jenna and I each carried a backpack with bottled water, a snack and a book. We read to Texas, then switched planes and read until Kansas. She was just 6 and that was a *fabulous* flight!

I just meant that there are times when no matter what you do as a parent, your children can and will do things that you don't like, and it doesn't matter how well prepared you are, what your expectations are, how high you're setting the bar, or whatever.

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