As an expat mother, you definitely know that my life involves a lot of traveling. So handling two kids on the plane is not an easy thing at all and requires lots of work and LUCK. Sometimes my kids are angels and they are pleased with whatever i give them to play with or even looking out of the window and count the clouds……OH, SO CUTE,, LOL. But it is not always like that. Especially my 2 years old son. He is very active and he doesn’t want to sit on my lap or his father’s lap. He always has tantrums and he is so frustrated with the fact that he has to sit in this area for a while. So now, after a couple of times of humiliation, I want to share with my experience
Last trip was a 14 hour flight. All what we expected was frustration, humiliation and exhaustion. I started to dream about the fellow passengers giving me that annoyed look. Me and my husband started to plan a way ahead. We read lots of articles and watched so many videos about how to keep your kid entertained throughout a flight. All what was suggested was to buy everything possible to keep them busy. Bare in mind that there are no rules here. So we bought two backpacks for our kids, We bought different kinds of snacks and sweets. We bought their favorite small toys like cars and dolls, we got coloring books and crayons, we downloaded so many game apps and videos on their Ipads, and we bought small blocks for them. We didn’t let them see anything of course because as you know kids will open everything at once and will spend the rest of the flight bored, well, you know kids :(.
So when we boarded, I gave them each a small snack (Crackers) and afterwards I gave them one toy to play with. After a while, I gave them their Ipads to play some games and watch some Disney videos. By that time, our meals were there and we gave them some more food to eat. They loved the idea of opening the food tray and eat themselves on the plane. A very important thing that I have to mentions is that we managed to keep them awake the night before ( I know it sounds mean) But hey, we had a 14 hour flight and I know my kids can stay awake all the time no matter how tired they are. So me and their father managed to keep them awake until it was time for boarding. They spent the first 2 hours awake and excited then they slept for about 8 hours or more. This helped us a lot because it was a flight where all the passengers want to sleep and they need some relaxation.
Surprisingly this flight went so well. The flight attendants were very helpful and understanding and I have to say that the passengers were very nice to us and that made us more relaxed and relieved.