By the time we flew home, Dad had joined us, and learned how long the day is when you're strapped in a seat next to four antsy little ones.
Useful things we learned:
|Window seats are good.|
|A color-your-own paper doll book |
I got for about $1 at Michael's.
|Using a Little Dover train sticker book.|
|Improvising a "road" for his new car.|
You can see he's getting tired or bored.
As long as they aren't blocking the aisle and the seatbelt light isn't on . . . allow a little improvised exercise--or craziness.
|During our 2-hour layover.|
During our layover (which was much too long, since our plane actually got in on time) we plugged in Cory's phone and let the kids listen to the new Phineas and Ferb album Aunt Rebekah had just downloaded for them. Mia fell asleep on the floor. A passing janitor took pity on her and found a blanket for her.
Feed your kids on the way to the airport so they start this ordeal with a solid meal.
Pack kids' entertainment in pencil pouches. Little Dover books, a new matchbox car, and party size Play-dough are great. Lots of little pieces are not. Only bring as many markers or colored pencils as you can keep track of.
Expect people to need to take naps or stand on their heads before it's all over. Don't keep your expectations unreasonable high.