By: Sung Bin
Recently when we headed out of town, I found myself compromising more than I realized. It was so difficult to be consistent about discipline and routines especially in the presence of my family and when traveling. For a week or so we were visiting my family and our friends in New York and any semblance of routine went out the window, partly because we were staying with friends for one weekend and the rest of the week in a hotel room. Mind you, I tried as hard as I could to keep to some things like bedtime routines and meal times but mostly I had to throw my arms up and just go with the flow. Not that it was the end of the world but it became apparent how important those routines really were especially after seeing my toddler looking absolutely exhausted after a packed day with a late nap or a late dinner and hearing her say, “I want to go home, home” several times. I felt I had compromised a lot with discipline as well, letting my child indulge more than her share of things I normally would try to limit. There are always the occasional sugar laden sweets and toys that my family will love to bring us and rather and try to voice my points, I felt it easier to give in. It’s still taking us a while to get back to normalcy back home. As much as I had enjoyed my time away to reconnect with the people I love, I was eager and happy to be back home to our regular schedule. I simply took for granted how difficult it can be to travel with a toddler who wants nothing more than to be where she loves, at home with a consistent routine that she recognizes. I’m still not sure how best to plan our next visit especially if it will be more than a few days. I am curious to know how other parents cope with staying consistent with children and routines. How do you handle travelling with children and keeping routines intact?
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