Posted in Parenting

Write For Me Wednesday:

Today, I have a great guest post on travel with kids.  I was so eager to read this because I haven’t found the courage to bring my son along for a long-distance trip yet and this post doesn’t disappoint!

We’re All Going On A Summer Holiday… With Kids

It’s almost summer and you may be planning on taking a trip. Not everyone has a passport, so if you’ll be needing one, now’s the time to get it. But it’s not always smooth sailing from there on. You want to have the time of your life, and your kids do, too… but they’ve probably got other ideas about it.

Handling Your Money Worries

Saving for that dream trip was hard back before you had kids, now that they’re here? It can seem almost impossible! It’s tricky, but it can be done. Once you’ve got it altogether, you’re going to want to spend it wisely! There are some great deals out there, for example, Kayak is amazing, because it allows you to opt for comparing just hotels, airfare on its own, or a package deal. You can even get car hire!

When you’ve chosen where you’re venturing, you’ll need to order currency. As a rule, most countries are different, so do your research! Take credit/debit as back up, but remember, using ATMS or charging things overseas could be costly. It sucks but, if you get really stuck, you can ask people back home for help. Companies like Azimo allow you to receive money anywhere you find yourselves in the world!

The Resort

The last thing you want to hear when you’ve shelled out so much to take a vacation is ‘mommy… I’m bored’. Before you go, scope a variety of place out online, and read recommendations and check out candid (not just brochure!) pictures. Websites like Trip Advisor should help immensely with this. What are you looking for? If you’re less experienced, you’ll want to pick somewhere kid-friendly from the outset. Perhaps there’s a fun day-care where they can make friends? Or nearby attractions that cater to young people, too? They’re the sorts of places you want. Unless you’re going somewhere wildly obviously, like Disney Land. I can tell you now, without you even checking it out – your kids will LOVE it, and as a bonus, you will too.

Getting Over Plane Fears

If you’re taking an airplane, your kids might be a little afraid. In fact… you might even be a little afraid. Don’t be. Statistically, there’s almost zero chance of anything bad happening. Now of course, kids can’t unfortunately always be reasoned with by using facts! So the key thing you need to do is not to show your own fear. They’re perceptive, and you need to give them credit for that. A lot of fear of flying is enforced by others – it’s called ‘vicarious fear’. So keep positive, pack plenty of books, games, toys and snacks and make sure they’re way too entertained on their little adventure to worry!

Freaking Out About Health & Safety

‘Stranger Danger’ is scary as anything when you’re at home, but when you’re elsewhere? It can be heart-attack inducing! You want your kids to have a great balance, so if they’re interested in making new friends in exotic lands, that’s great – but make sure you’re there to supervise.

In terms of health, you’ll need to be completely organized. Take a trip to the Doctor way in advance of your vacation to pick up medication, epi-pens, asthma inhalers and anything else your kids – or you – are going to need. Check if you need shots, and get them, if need be. Yes, even at risk of tears and tantrums. Remember, foreign healthcare is going to differ to what you’re used to, so try and prepare yourself. Hopefully, you’ll never need know the difference, but if something does come up, just please, please check you have insurance to cover you.

About the writer

Kimberley Watson is an aspiring writer who loves the freedom it provides as an outlet. As a proud mother and wife, family always comes first, but she loves the little things in life, too. She attended the University of Manchester in the UK, and now enjoys nothing more than travel and seeing the world and all it has to offer. Including the food. Allll of the food! You can find her on twitter – @kim_watson25

Posted in Sleep (and lack thereof)

Bedtime and One Sleepy Baby

I was planning on trying to sneak a quick nap in my day today because, well, I’m tired, but my son decided to throw a wrench into my plans.

You see, out typical day goes something like this:

Wake up: 7:00

Breakfast: 7:30

Snack: 10:15

Lunch: 12:00

Nap: 1:00

Wake up: 3:00

Snack: 3:30

Supper: 5:30

Bath: 6:15

Bed: 7:00

I know, it looks quite boring, but what can I say, I’m a creature of habit.  And apparently, so is he

Anyways, we’ve been running with this for the past month and a half or so (ever since he dropped his morning nap) and it has been working well.  But for the past few days, the routine is off.  Well, actually, the initial wake up is off which, in turn, screws with our routine.

You see, the little guy has been waking around 5 am.  Grrr… waaaaay too early in my book if you ask me.  To be honest though, it hasn’t been that bad because he generally chatters for up to an hour, falls back asleep a bit and wakes around 7, but this morning, it was 6:15 and he was starting to get pissy in his crib.  So I got him up.

He was actually in a super good mood.  I mean, he “tidied” up our Xbox game collection, played hide and seek, “helped” me pick up in the spare room, played lets-climb-up-onto-mommy’s-bed and brought book after book after book for me to read to him.

But then as he was sitting on me and looking at the pictures in the millionth book he brought me, he started having a hissy fit.  I was like ‘OK, what’s up Dude?’.  I picked him up and rubbed his back to calm him down and within about 30 seconds, he was completely knocked out.

It goes without saying that I was rather surprised.  I mean, I think he was a newborn the last time he fell asleep in my arms like that.

Some of you may be wondering right about now why it’s a problem that he fell asleep when he did.  Well, it’s because it was 11:50 when it happened.  We were about to sit down and have some lunch.  I did have a glimmer of hope that he would wake up when I’d set him down in his crib, but he didn’t.  He remained resolutely asleep, which means that I would be eating my own lunch while he was napping and he would most likely wake up once I would be close to falling asleep.  (As it turns out, he slept from 11:50 to 1:15 and I was indeed on the verge of falling asleep for a short nap when he woke up – oh well…).

So, I guess the questions is, what’s up with him?

Just thinking out loud here:

I don’t think it’s the Christmas/New Year parties because we’ve only been to three and my partner and I have been very anal about leaving early enough to make sure that the little Dude would be in his crib by 8:00 maximum.

Of course, it might be teething…again.  That usually screws around with his (and our) sleep.

Perhaps he’s waking up so early because he’s not spending enough energy during the day.  I mean, he’s waaay too bundled up to be able to play outside (besides, it’s friggen cold these days – almost 40 below today), but we are playing around the house as much as possible.

In the same line of thought, maybe his nap is too long in relation to his bedtime or to the amount of energy he spends in one day.

Maybe it’s because of the Holidays and the fact that his normal daycare days aren’t happening seeing as both his father and I are off until the 6th of January.  I suppose we’ll see next week if everything goes back to normal.

Is it possible that his early wakings are due to the fact that he should be going to bed later?  I mean, we’ve been keeping a 7:00 – 7:15 bedtime for the past 5-6 months or so, but every time he’s gone to bed later for a reason, he has still woken up at 7:00.

It does make me wonder though…

How old are your little ones?  What time is bedtime for them and at what time to they typically wake up in the morning?

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Posted in Parenting

Dashing Through the Snow…

Ok so we weren’t exactly dashing, but we did take the little guy outside to try out the cool sled he got for Christmas from his grand-parents (thanks mom and dad!).

He and I had a wrestling match during which he also made use of his high-pitched scream and baby tears while I attempted to get him all bundled up.  It was a long process, but I finally managed to get him into his complete winter gear in about 15 minutes (no joke!).  It’s not that it was terribly cold outside (the weather was actually really high for this time of the year), but still, I wanted to make sure that he would stay warm if he decided he wanted to roll around in the snow.

When we first put him in his sled, he was less-than-enthusiastic.  Well, actually, he was just kind of wondering what was going on.  But then, when his dad was pulling him (and I was taking a whole lot of pictures) around the block, he realized that it was kind of fun!

When we got back home, I sat him in one of our million mounds of snow (I seriously don’t know where we’re going to put it if there’s another big snowfall).

It’s always super funny to see my son in a new situation (ie: sitting in the snow, this time ’round) because he always has this bewildered expression on his face at first while he tries to figure out whether he likes said situation or not.