Back home safe and sound. Love looking at the photos now in my controlled environment and realizing ~ hey, it looks on paper like I actually had some fun! Ahhh… I’m a carefree and laid back mama…
An extra special thank you to Sondra for posing the questions in the last blog post comment section:
I would love some tips for traveling away from home with little children. We will be on vacation for over a week and besides feeling anxious I am also wondering how to keep our vacation on the simple side while still having fun.
Your questions are my video making commands sweet mamas. And digging in to come up with these tips was a great reminder tool of what works for me. So keep that in mind; what’s important is to remember to what has worked in the past and what might resonate with your heart and ideal parenting style. And with that, here we go!
Too busy packing to watch the whole video? Here’s a quick synapse:
1. Keep car entertainment expectations low.
Like mama said when she came over when Edie was a baby, “Of course, she’s laughing. There’s nothing here to laugh at.” With fewer distractions, the sight of passing trees sprinkled with the occasional herd of cow will fill your little ones with delight.
And when our kiddos’ eyes need an extra dose of sparkle we’ll listen to a Sparkle Story. Love this story for kids subscription service!
2. Do Bed and Breakfast hit up if you have to stay somewhere.
Or as my slowly encroaching speech impediment says it ~ “Bread and Breakfast.”
3. Don’t bring many toys with you.
A sister tip to tip number one. This one meaning for once you land to wherever you’re headed to. This one is age sensitive but even when ours were wee we (hee – just typed ‘wee we’!) would just bring one or two favourites and allow grandma’s toys or Tupperware drawer to be the big highlight of the trip. Now it’s a big pad of paper and Mama’s special pens to play with.
4. One bag for each family member.
Half filled please. Makes it more squishy that way and challenges one to get creative with mixing and matching outfits.
5. Double duty toiletries.
Essential oils, face and body wash kills and sanitizes many stinky spots with one stone.
6. Simplify meals on the road.
Breakfast can be dialed down in one word: homemade granola. So easy to make. My recipe: 5 cups of oats, 5 cups of whatever seeds/dried fruit (including coconut flakes) you might have on hand mixed with a pinch of salt, a tablespoon of sugar and a cup each of canola oil and maple syrup. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. I’m at an eye ball relationship with this recipe now so you might want to play with it some to get a blend you like. I like to throw in cocoa nibs when it comes out of the oven by the way!
7. Inbreath breaks for the kids.
An overstimulated child equals a stressed out mama. Balance out the high activity days with chilly chill ones.
8. Keep consistent bedtimes.
Though it might be later than usual bedtime, try to keep it reasonable and at least consistently inconsistent.
9. Tap into your own needs, Mama!
The most important one! Breath through any travel related stress, observe it with curiosity and breath through the surprising array of emotions these adventures can present. That and get some napping or solo adventures squeezed into your itinerary.
And know I’d like to hear from you! Please leave your ‘what works for me’ tips below or a totally unrelated question for me to address in a future vlog episode. Happy holidaying!