✈️ To the parents of the screaming toddler on my flight last week…

mother and child on airplane

What do you think about taking flights with toddlers? In this article, our author shares a story from a recent flight from Florida – and has a compassionate take on flying with kids!

let me tell you about this flight I was on, coming back from Florida.

This flight, well, it was something else.

We’re all settled in, this plane is packed, and I’m already missing the warm Florida sun. There are two families sitting nearby, three little ones under the age of three.

Kids Get Fussy

You can tell right away it’s going to be one of those flights.

The kids start getting fussy even before we take off. Their parents, bless them, they’re pulling out every trick in the book. Movies on tablets, a bag full of snacks, toys that light up, you name it.

But it’s just one of those days for the kiddos. They’re not having any of it.

I’ve got older kids, teenagers. They’re at that age where they plug in their headphones, and you don’t hear a peep out of them the whole flight.

But I remember what it was like when they were little, how challenging it can be.

Parents’ Reaction

These parents on the flight were doing their absolute best, trying to calm their kids, walking the aisles, whispering apologies to the passengers around them.

You could see the stress written all over their faces, the worry about bothering others.

And let me tell you, some of the looks they got from other passengers? Not exactly friendly.

It’s tough.

God Bless those Parents

You’re in this metal tube in the sky, no place to go, and your kid decides now’s the time to have a meltdown. I felt for them, I really did.

But here’s the kicker: those parents were doing an amazing job under really tough circumstances.

Flying with little ones is no joke. You’re trying to keep them seated, entertained, their ears from hurting during takeoff and landing, and sometimes, no matter what you do, it’s just not enough.

So, after we landed and everyone was getting their stuff, I made a point to walk over to those families.

I told them they did a great job.

That sometimes, flights are just hard on little ones and that they handled it like pros.

Solidarity, Mom.

I think they needed to hear that.

It’s easy to feel like you’re failing when everyone around you seems annoyed, but they weren’t failing. They were doing their best in a tough situation.

It made me think about how we’re all quick to judge sometimes, especially when we’re inconvenienced.

But a little empathy goes a long way.

We’ve all been there in some form or another, struggling with something with our kids in public, hoping for a bit of understanding.

Moms Gotta Stick Together

That flight from Florida? It reminded me of the power of a few kind words, of recognizing someone else’s struggle and just saying, “Hey, I see you, and you’re doing fine.”

It’s about community, even up there in the air, about remembering we’re all in this together, parents or not.

So, to those families and all the others out there doing their best with young kids on planes, trains, or anywhere really, you’re doing great. Keep it up.

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