The Frequent Fliers
Routine Gives Freedom
It took some time, but we learned that if we stick to the same basic routine, the kids would accept almost any new situation we throw at them without getting totally out of whack. Even on a plane there’s dinner, a quick “wet wipe bath,” jammies, book, and tucked in as best we can with their lovies. They understood: it’s time to sleep.
Obviously while on vacation, timings do stretch as we explore new places and hop from flight to flight, so we don’t get too tied up in, “OMG it 6:42pm! RUN!”
If we happen to arrive at a hotel at 10pm, we still walk through a mini-routine. But overall we don’t stray too far too often. Lack of sleep, uncertainty, and processing new surroundings can will lead to grumpy kids. And that definitely can ruin a trip.