How to Distract Children at the Airport
Updated: Dec 19, 2019
A few people have been asking for tips on how to stop a child worrying about flying at the airport. Holidays and trips are supposed to be fun and essentially we have to travel to get there, so we try and make the travel aspect of any trip part of the holiday. Our trip literally begins the moment we shut the front door.
Here are a few things we do:
1. Don't arrive at the airport too early, now there is obviously the huge fear of missing a flight, so we don't leave it until the last minute, but we also aren't the first in the queue, as parents we all know, hanging around just isn't fun for anyone.
2. Next we take our time heading though security, crazy I know, but we chat to staff and the security guards, this helps to reassure the children that this is an everyday occurrence for so many people.
3. Distract, distract, distract. We have found that filling their hand luggage bags with games and books really works for us. We obviously like to keep their activity books for the flight, as these provide long term distractions while in the air, but books such as the I Spy At The Airport and At The Airport Activity Book have been a live savers for us. It is the perfect way to while away an hour. Another activity is a family game of snap, so pack your self a pack of playing cards for an easy and breezy game that is sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit.
4. We also tend to set up our little base near toilets, and ensure the children are well fed and hydrated, so there are no other reasons for melt downs.
5. Finally and a method we probably use the most, is we simply dream and chat about all the amazing things we are going to do together once we reach the destination, we have found this method really relaxes the children with regards to any worry regarding flying. We talk about it as though its as normal as catching a bus.
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Until next time.