We all know what happened to Kevin McAllister, right? He was left Home Alone, and then Lost in New York, when he got separated from his family at the airport.
The movie entertained us as kids, but now as parents, the thought of losing our beloved offspring amongst throngs of busy, stressed, and tired travellers, is enough to make our hearts skip a beat.
The trouble is, every parent knows that one of the worst parts of family holidays is the travel it takes to get there – and that especially goes for airport transits. It’s a pressure cooker that’s intensified during peak periods such as school holidays.
But we're here to help. We've compiled a list of the best practical tips to help you keep your kids safe so you can get to your holiday with your sanity intact:
1. Photograph everything.
Frazzled parents know that under stress it's sometimes hard to remember our kids' names - let alone what they are wearing. A quick airport selfie is a simple way to take the thinking out of it.
If your kids have their own phone/device (as many kids do these days), share the photo with them, too.
This idea can be used for boarding passes, and passports as well, so that if anything goes missing, you have the vital information 'backed up'.
2. Talk to them about the itinerary.
From the gate number, to the airline you're flying, give your child as much information as you can about your plans so they can repeat them if needed.
3. Check-in online.
Even if you still need to do a bag-drop, checking in online can mean one less queue that involves your child having to stand still - and thus be even more inclined to get restless, and tempted to run off.
Is it ok to fly business and leave your kids back in economy? We discuss, on our parenting podcast. Post continues after.
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