BE­FORE YOU TAKE OFF!

True Love - - Parenting -

Dis­cuss the tricky stuff be­fore you hit the airport. Tiffs and tears can be avoided by hold­ing a meet­ing be­fore­hand (es­pe­cially if you’re hol­i­day­ing with an­other family with chil­dren). Plan what you can – then let the rest go. Five min­utes spent dis­cussing po­ten­tial war zones (bed­times or at­ti­tudes to treats) could avert all­out con­flict when you get there. Let a lit­tle bit of bad be­hav­iour go, too. This ap­plies as much to adults as chil­dren. Pos­si­bly more. The lo­cal brew can be heady, es­pe­cially when mixed with an evening full of pos­si­bil­i­ties. Fol­low­ing the old rock-star adage ‘What hap­pens on tour, stays on tour’ can be help­ful. Don’t do for oth­ers what they can do for them­selves. Please wise up to this one. Any­one over, say, eight can pack their own bag, charger and entertainment. Fac­tor in time alone. Go­ing for run or walk, book­ing sep­a­rate ac­com­mo­da­tion for the in-laws... What­ever. Ban­ish any thoughts of self­ish­ness: this is a valid al­ter­na­tive to mur­der.

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