Advice on traveling with kids over the holidays & all year long

Samantha Ettus, MBA, gives her best tips for travel with young children during the holidays and all year round
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Advice on traveling with kids over the holidays & all year long

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So traveling with kids can be challenging of-course, but it's all about how you handle it. I'd like to say, " Be as prepared as possible for that trip." If you have kids in the baby years, like 0-3, you want to map out every 20 minutes of your flight and really have an activity. Because kids have very little attention spans at that age and they want to move from activity to activity to activity. So the more you can map out different things, whether it's drawing or invisible ink pads or what ever is really having that time. And I'm a big, you know, media limits person, but on airplanes all bets are off. Kids can watch as much T.V., videos, I-Pad, as they want. Because you just want a peaceful flight. Now the other really essential thing is not to worry about the people around you. So often I see people mistreating their children because they are so afraid of the people around them. So they're yelling at them or shushing them in a very harsh way or maybe tugging on them. That's just not a way to treat your kids ever. And certainly not when you are on this closed compartment. Any kid will be uncomfortable on a flight. So the more empathy you can show to your child about how difficult traveling is and how it can be difficult, the easier it will be for you. Because mostly when kids are crying they just want you to say, " I know your ears hurt. I know it's tough. But there is only an hour left and we'll make it fun." So as positive as you can keep it and more relaxed you can keep it, the better the trip will be.

Samantha Ettus, MBA, gives her best tips for travel with young children during the holidays and all year round

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Samantha Ettus, MBA

Lifestyle Expert for Working Moms

Sam is the leading lifestyle and parenting expert for working women. Since earning her undergraduate and MBA degrees from Harvard, Sam has coached thousands of women - celebrities, entrepreneurs, top CEO's and professional athletes - who aim to perform at the highest levels in both their professional and personal lives.

Sam is a bestselling author of four Random House books and a Contributor to Forbes and Disney’s parenting site, Babble. She hosts a nationally syndicated radio show for working moms and the Conference for Women’s monthly radio show, “Office Hours.”

Sam hosted leading online talk show, Obsessed TV and is known for her interviewing skills. She has interviewed countless luminaries from Al Roker to Bethenny Frankel and Mary J. Blige. Sam has made hundreds of local and national TV appearances and is a sought after speaker at corporations, conferences and colleges.

Sam aims to practice what she preaches in her daily life as a mother of three and wife of entrepreneur, Mitch Jacobs. 

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