Rly air yet?

Irish Sunday Mirror - - TRAVEL -

If be­ing near chil­dren re­ally both­ers you, you should aim to take flights that will be at more dif­fi­cult times for fam­i­lies, such as late night flights. Or fork out for a seat in pre­mium econ­omy, where there are fewer chil­dren. Last re­sort – re­quest to move seats. Try not to let it wind you up – why not try to en­gage the child in a game of peek­a­boo or a lit­tle chat? If you feel like you might need to have a quiet word with the par­ents later, it’s bet­ter to have en­deared your­self to them in ad­vance. Take a break. Re­mem­ber – you don’t have to sit in your seat (un­less the seat­belt sign is on). Go and have a walk around the plane, chat to the flight crew, do some­thing pos­i­tive rather than sit­ting there qui­etly seething. Take a pair of noise-can­celling head­phones, lie back and en­joy some calm­ing mu­sic. Or just any mu­sic that’s louder than the child next to you. Some­times you need to ac­cept chil­dren make noise. Just think: at least you don’t have to deal with them at the other end! But if their be­hav­iour is un­ac­cept­able (like kick­ing the back of your seat) and the par­ents aren’t try­ing to stop them, a po­lite word with the air crew can work won­ders.

ideal for travel as they’ll keep tod­dlers busy with­out any fuss, plus they’re su­per cheap. And Ro­bots to Make and Dec­o­rate is an­other glue-free op­tion for older kids, flat-packed in book.

Toca Life: Va­ca­tion is an in­ter­ac­tive, hol­i­day-based game that will keep older chil­dren en­ter­tained for hours; €3.40 for both iphone and An­droid.

One last thought. Pack a comb, hair ties and clips and let your tod­dler loose on your hair. You may end up look­ing a bit bonkers. But you’re a par­ent, on a plane with a child. It’s how peo­ple ex­pect you to look.

your child can build what­ever they fancy, with­out drop­ping pieces ev­ery­where. pre-teen? Let them fill it with au­dio­books, down­load some pod­casts and cre­ate their own sound­track of hol­i­day songs.

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