January 4th, 2021Home
The recent weeks have seen the approval of two vaccines for emergency use authorization, in the United States. Covid-19 has disrupted every aspect of our lives, and taken far too many.
It didn't need to be this way. Stay home if you can, and if you can't follow all masking and social distancing protocol from your local health authorities.
That advice isn't just for the 18+ crowd. We know that children can become silent spreaders. While the CDC says that a child under 2 should never wear a mask; They do recommend that older children wear one. The same rules apply with social distancing.
COVID-19 is trying its best to put the kibosh on as much of normal life as it can manage. Yet, that doesn't mean it has been 100% successful. There are reasons that we may have to travel by air with our children before the pandemic is over.
Spending hours at the airport, checking in, going through security, finding your gate before the real joy of being trapped in a small aluminum tube with a pissed of 5 year old in 2019 was already daunting. Now, through in social distancing and masking protocols... well this is going to take some finesses.
If your children are anything like mine a.) they hate masks b.) they are smart & precocious enough to to circumvent the rules. No one wants their child behaving like Ted Cruz, holding coffee that he only pretends to be drink. We are good parents that teach our children that the rules that apply to everyone else, apply to them too. Straws can fit well under a mask.
Time Savings= 5+ reminders to replace their mask that turn into arguments.
You're traveling because you have too, not because you want to. It's likely a stressful situation, already. I know you have heard this before, "Know when to pick your battles". Make life easier on your self. Bribe them. Turn off Parenting Time on iCloud. Buy those Oreos. Hold the line where you have to. Artificial food coloring won't kill you, but the whining might.
Time savings = incalculable
What is that thing in your kids life that turns them into a zombie? Is it their PS4, iPad? Doesn't matter. If it is portable and fits in your lap, bring it. While the airlines have taken every possible precaution, no place with strangers can be 100% safe. Remember, you are still in an enclosed space with a kid that wants to run around. We have to make sure they aren't tempted to go do all those normal, beautiful things that kids do that reminding the world of its humanity (read: run around & make new friends).
Time savings = years on another person's life
4.) No one is doing in-flight beverage or snack service. Pre-Pack all the food you'll need for the flight if you can magnate. If you're slammed or just can't imagine packing one more thing, bring a couple extra bucks for concessions. Liquids of course, have to be purchased after you've successfully completed TSA screening.
Time savings = 56,000 "mommy I'm hungry"
5.) Use this as a teaching moment. When my children and I took our necessary flight, everyone was acting so responsibility and kindly to each other. It's no secret that emotions can sometimes run hot at the airport with certain types (re: assholes) it felt like the edges were softened. That's pretty cool, and this year we can use all the extra-kindness we can muster.
Time savings = It costs us time now, but we will reap the rewards of raising kind, contentious children.