Traveling with kids requires a lot more planning than the spontaneous trips we used to take. Now we have to consider extra packing plus strategies for the car or plane trip. What about where we’ll stay? It’s probably not baby-proof, and what could our child get into? Even when hosted by caring family or friends, it’s not easy to carry on a home routine when you’re away from home.
Jessica from LifeasMOM talks about being a mom and a house guest:
You’re spending the night as guests in someone else’s home. Rather than sleep in, your kids are up with the sun. The rest of the household is asleep, of course. It’s not your home, so you’re just a little bit out of your element.
What do you do now that you’re up with your early birdies?
- Bring them into bed with you (if they’re not already) and pray that the warmth of the covers and your body heat will coax them back to sleep.
- Hand them some toys and clean out your purse.
- Read stories. Hopefully you packed some or Gramma has something more interesting than War and Peace.
- Watch Bob the Builder or your child’s equivalent favorite on your laptop, ipod, or phone.
- Load up the stroller and go for a walk.
- Hop in the car and treat yourselves to coffee (for you) and donuts (for them).
Jessica Fisher is a writer, homemaker, wife and mother of six young children. She regularly writes about fun, frugality, and the pursuit of a clean house at LifeasMOM.