Separation Anxiety and Why We Need More Coffee

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I can see the light…

I can still hear him. It’s almost inaudible, but there.  He’s softly humming to himself. 

I hold my breath. I can feel sweat running down my brow. I exhale slowly and try ignore it. 

I extend my foot. Very slowly I set the foot down on the floor. 

A floorboard creaks loudly and I freeze to the spot.

The humming has stopped. 

He is listening. 

I shift my weight somewhat and press my body next to the wall. If I can just move out of the room fast enough he won’t detect me. 

I take another step and there’s no sound. I exhale slowly.  I can see the light coming from the other room. Two more steps and I’ll be out of here. 

I take another step and suddenly my knees croak. It sounds like someone just broke off a branch off an old Oak tree.  Thank you Age. 

Suddenly I see a dummy flung across the room. This is not a good sign. I peek around the corner.

Night lamp

He is definitely awake. He is listening and he is NOT happy. 

I know what must be done. I don’t like it as the risk of getting spotted are extremely high. I lie down flat on the floor and army crawl over to the dummy. With the dummy safely in my hand, I crawl over to the cot and deposit the dummy inside the cot.  I look up tentatively. He’s taken the bait. 

It seems he has settled back. There is hope yet.  For now. 

I stay lying down for what seems like hours. I can’t hear a thing apart from my own heartbeat.  

I crawl back to the door and slowly get up to my knees first, then to standing. 

I decide to risk it and take another step. I’m so close, I’m in the light, I’m standing at the opening. 

The new episode of Bodyguard is lined up and ready on catch up downstairs. 

That’s when it starts. First, a kind of anxious and low key sound that progressively moves into full blown screaming… 

The baby is up and the baby wants Mama. 

Recognise the scenario? 

Separation anxiety in children is a BEAST. They never tell you that in your NCT classes do they?

SLEEP THIEF

My youngest is 11 months and have for the past month or so been going through a tough phase of separation anxiety. No one but Mum will do.

I can leave him for a few minutes with someone else, but after a while he will look around for Mum and cry. Nighttime is a real killer.

I know it’s anxiety, rather than say hunger or thirst, as he will stop crying as soon as I pick him up or soothe him.

So what do you do? You ride it out. 

There’s nothing for it. Cuddle baby, soothe and comfort baby. Soon she/he will understand that Mum (or Dad) has to go away for a little while but they always come back.  

I know the books that say “let baby cry out” and all that. If that’s how you want to approach it then by no means do so. No judgement.  But it’s not for me. I’ve found with all my kids that patience and perseverance do the trick. 

It doesn’t mean it’s an easy ride though. My brain feel like porridge. I’m tired and short tempered. I feel about 200 years old. My god, I’m so, so tired. 

How long can you actually function on zero sleep but huge quantities of tea and coffee? Has there been a study on this? If not, there should be. 

But the truth is – these days fly by so fast. Blink your eyes and they’ll be teenagers begging you to stay out of their room. 

Babies be like.

My oldest is 9 and he doesn’t need me in the same way anymore. Although I welcome the maturity and independence in him, I do also miss hearing those little feet tiptoeing into our room and snuggling up to us in bed. 

So for now, I’ll have to keep my Ninja moves nimble and ready for action and up my coffee consumption. 

Richard Madden will have to wait.

The Masters of Disguise

Our oldest son has Dyslexia. 

We didn’t realise until he started school and even then he managed to mask it for a long time.

Apart from often being wonderfully  creative they are also masters of Disguise… They are chameleons. 

They can adapt, copy and imitate. 

Genius really. Often, they have adapted to our way of reading and writing, of learning and processing data so well that their learning disability goes unnoticed for many years. 

I saw a clip recently of actress Keira Knightly, retelling the story of when her parents realised she had Dyslexia.  It was like hearing myself talking about our oldest.  

She would ask mum or dad to read the book and she would listen carefully, memorising each bit and when it was her turn to “read” she relied on her memory. Extraordinary. (And a good memory is certainly a good trait to have if you’re an actor!) 

This is how we started suspecting Jackson might be dyslexic.  The memorising bit.

Jackson never seemed interested in reading or writing and struggled with B, P, S, 5 and the other usual suspects. He could just about manage to write his name.  I wasn’t too worried initially.  I mean, he was a baby in my eyes and it could just be his age.

Still… I had that feeling in my stomach. I just knew. Jackson is different.

We voiced our concerns but the teachers kept reiterating that it was too soon to tell. 

Once he started getting reading home work he’d always ask me to read a page out loud before reading it himself.  Initially, I didn’t think so much of it.  I figured he just needed an extra boost and I was happy to oblige. One day though I was watching him read and I saw that he wasn’t actually reading the text. His eyes weren’t moving.

So the next time I changed the text from the original and that’s when I realised Jackson had memorised every word and was retelling the story from memory only.

Word for word. 

Incredibly impressive but I was heartbroken. 

I wasn’t heartbroken that he had Dyslexia.  I was so sad that he’d been so worried about being different, and not being able to read, that he’d memorised it all in order to disguise it. He wanted to hide it and not tell us.

I recently saw a thread on Twitter whether we should have home work or not. This is a whole other post in itself but let’s just say, I’m not a fan.

Home work time in this house is pure torture. 

Our son is miserable, we despair and I just don’t see the point. 

Our son is now in year 5. 

We have good days and bad days. 

His reading and writing has improved. He’s still incredibly fast at learning and memorising text. His stories are incredible; he’s so creative and imaginative. 

Often, you can play him a tune once and he’ll remember most, if not all, lyrics. 

He seems at peace with his Dyslexia and tries to keep up. His peers are so supportive and he’s never been bullied for being different. 

Our school system just isn’t set up to support children with dyslexia and we need more awareness. Keira actually briefly talks about it herself; we need to educate and support our teachers so that they can adapt their teaching plans and learning environment accordingly. 

We encourage our son to try and explore all aspects of his personality.  

Being good at reading and writing is useful, but it’s isn’t everything. 

For example, he is incredibly astute and sensitive. He’s devoted, caring and loving. He can spot patterns incredibly fast and he can see the whole picture. 

He doesn’t seem to be worried about his Dyslexia. He just says that his brain is “wired differently”. 

I’ve spoken to a few adult friends with Dyslexia. They all have different coping mechanisms and we are lucky to have technology on our side. Like spell check, and Siri/Alexa. 

Having Dyslexia won’t stop you from achieving in life. But don’t take my word for it. Just ask these following people instead: 

Albert Einstein

Richard Branson

Darcey Bussell

Keira Knightly

Steven Spielberg

Pablo Picasso

Jamie Oliver

John Lennon

Steve Jobs

Ingvar Kamprad 

Useful links:

British Dyslexia Awareness Week

Travelling with kids – Center Parcs Woburn Review

Center Parcs was recently voted the best UK Family friendly place and it doesn’t surprise me one bit. Everything is set up with little ones in mind. I mean, everything. It’s a Parents Paradise.

We traveled midweek Monday – Friday. We arrived at about 6pm on the Monday due to work commitments and traffic. As we arrived a bit later there was no queue so it was a breeze. We drove up and check in was done in less than five. So easy and efficient.

I like to get places “on time”. As our family have grown, and inevitably there are more people to pack for, organise and look after, I’ve had to adapt and try to be more relaxed about it all. And never leave anything to the last minute – carful planning always from here on.

The park itself is lovely and the perfect size. Big enough to not feel on top of other people, but you can easily get everywhere on foot.

We stayed in an Executive Dog friendly lodge in the Oak area, close to the Aqua Sana.

We absolutely loved our lodge. The kids came through the door and went crazy for a few seconds:

⁃ Mum, there is it a black board!

⁃ Mum, I’ve got my own shower!

⁃ The bed is so comfy!

⁃ We have a DVD player!

⁃ The WiFi is really good in here!

Sign of the times.

The lodge was clean and fresh and it had all the amenities you could think of. Bring extra washing up liquid and dishwasher tablets though! They don’t give you enough initially. Also, if you’re staying a week, and is a coffee lover like us, then I suggest you bring some spare coffee pods for the Nespresso machine.

Our lodge was adapted for dogs but you’d never really know – it was really super clean and didn’t smell of dog at all. If you are a dog owner then you know what I mean.

The only concern here is that the lodge garden isn’t secure. We didn’t realise this and so once we got to the lodge and let Buddy out he ran round the house to make some new friends!! Luckily, the others staying in the area had dogs too so they didn’t seem to mind. Nevertheless, it’d be a good idea to bring a long lead to use in the garden next time.

We had a three bed lodge and it felt very spacious. Each room had an ensuite, two with showers and one with a bath. The two older kids had a room each and they loved it!

There’s an outside area with table and chairs and a BBQ as well as an outside shower and your very own sauna! I felt right at home!

The kitchen area was great too. Really clean and everything you need for cooking for the family.

The freezer is just a freezer compartment though – keep that in mind if you’re bringing food from home.

Not that you need to bring lots of food. I would say bring food for the first night (unless you’re planning to eat out every night) and then top up from the local Parc Market if necessary. It’s a great little shop and has a great variety of products.

Back to what I was saying about careful planning. I’d made a lasagne for us all to eat on the first night. To our absolute horror we realised that we’d left the lasagne out on the workbench in the kitchen rather in the cool bag!!

Honestly, Centre Parcs Woburn has so much to offer. There are loads of outside activities. Boating on the lake, riding your bike everywhere (Though bear in mind it’s quite hilly!), feed the ducks in the lake, crazy golf, go for a play in the numerous play areas or just go for a walk – you are spoilt for choice!!

We brought our bikes and it really worked well for us. Yes, it’s hilly, but our older kids really enjoyed the experience. For little tired feet at the end of the day a bike carriage could be a good idea for you. We had one for Alfie and Maggie to sit in and I’ll say it was a life saver at times.

You can pay to do activities too. Jackson and Brooks headed to the Falconry Centre for an hour with the big birds. It was an amazing experience; the bird handler was really knowledgable and took the time to explain and show how to handle the birds.

We also did Archery (awesome), Maggie tried Pony riding (she loved it) and a new favourite Aqua Jetting!! The kids also did Pottery (we all loved this one!) and the Teddy Bear making workshop.

But the main focus was the Subtropical Swimming Paradise. The kids, including Alfie, and grown ups loved it here.

There are different zones or splash areas depending on your age and something to suit everyone. Jackson loved the Rapids in particular and the wave pool.

Maggie loved the smaller splash area and grew more and more confident in the water each day. By the end she was swooshing down the water rides!

We hired a Cabana one of the days and it’s definitely worth it for a welcomed break in the day – particularly if you have a baby! There’s a fan, cold drinks (in your own fridge), comfy chairs and a TV. It’s like your very own little beach hut. A bit weird but still SUPER nice. We’ll be investing in a Cabana for our next stay again.

In terms of food and drink there’s a Starbucks inside. We did use it a few times to get coffees and snacks but the wristband system kept breaking down which was veeeeeery frustrating! The whole point with the wristbands is that you don’t have to bring the money with you inside the pool area!! It looked like they were building some kind of snack bar so that’ll be interesting to see next year!

Our only other critique is that the “main” pool is way too small for the footfall. At times it felt too crowded, and for that reason, a bit unsafe. I can’t even imagine what it will be like in peak time!

You also have nowhere to actually swim which is a shame really.

Nevertheless, we loved it and enjoyed our visits here.

We dined out a few times and were mostly happy with it all.

We had a MASSIVE issue with Cafe Rouge though. Basically they mucked up TWO birthday bookings in a row, a breakfast and dinner and the service was APPALLING. The worst bit was that he (the manager) did not care. It was the worst service we’ve ever encountered and we won’t be back anytime soon. I can’t even bear to think about it, it was that upsetting. Hucks saved that evening by making a great fuss and being super friendly and everything but the damage was done….

We complained straight away obviously and the ladies on reception were super helpful and arranged the other booking, thank goodness, and saved the day.

Aaaaaanyway….

Part from that palaver – we visited Strada, Hucks, Sports Cafe, Starbucks and they were all amazing and reasonably prized. Fantastic staff! So friendly, attentive and kind to our kids. Yes, perhaps a bit over high street prices, but it’s to be expected I think. Captive audience and all that…

The Star performer overall was Aqua Sana Spa. Brooks and I said it was easily the most relaxing three hours of our lives. WORTH. EVERY. DAMN. PENNY.

All those different rooms with different showers and scents and perfumes (when do you ever take that many showers in one go?!!). You leave the place feeling really refreshed and rejuvenated. Bliss.

All in all we had such a blast. Staff are fantastic, it’s all clean and shiny, and we felt really looked after. For us with a big family it really is a break away that suits everyone.

It’s all a bit magical, like you’re in a little bubble of Center Parc loveliness!

We’ve already booked to come back for our Easter holiday next year!

The World Cup 2018 – Sweden vs England

The World Cup.

Sweden Football T-shirt

It was inevitable that England and Sweden would meet. I was kind of hoping that we’d both somehow get to go through the knock out stages. Maybe they’d draw, after penalties, and we’d both win!

But at this point the game was unavoidable; we knew this. Both teams had fought off many worthy opponents to get to this stage and now it was game day.

It’d been a massive build up all week. “How would be cope?” “What if it ends in penalties?” “Who will the kids support?! “The pressure!”

The tension was building throughout the day and come 3pm it was about to burst! You could feel it in the air. The streets were deserted. Brooks popped to the shops and there was one lady working the tills at our local Tesco.

“They all took the day off!” The lady said to the people waiting in the queue to get some last minute hummus.

UK Flags

We were ready. Flags were out and the gloves were off.

England took the lead early on and never let off from that point. Their team stronger, hungrier for the win. I was willing the Swedish team on, hoping that they’d equalise and produce some kind of miracle.

Our kids, however, soon lost interest in the game and resorted to playing with Lego in the front room.

England, very deservedly, won the game in the end.

My husband and I went outside to tell our kids that unfortunately Sweden was out of the World Cup and found them playing happily on picnic blanket, blissfully unaware of any drama.

Our kids on a picnic blanket

“Who won Daddy?” Jackson asked.

“England. 2-0”.

Jackson smiled.

“We were always going to win.” Jackson said. “Either way…”

Our beautiful Swenglish children both smiled at us briefly and then went back to their game.

Travelling with kids – Alcudian Pins Review

Beach in Alcudia, Spain

Or… Hotels that cater for Swenglish families, and why the Swedes not say sorry when they bump into you.

When you find a hotel that caters for your Swedish❤️English family it makes you so very, very happy. It almost feels like “home from home from home”.

It’s like a beautiful village, filled with your people. You can speak English and Swedish, sing snapsvisor with gusto and bring out all your glorious Swenglish-ness… You could start your day with a wonderful fry up followed by a game of Kubb (and the people around you would totally know the rules) ending it with wine from a tetra pack container.

We sometimes travel with our extended Swedish family and as it happens TUI (former Thomson) also operates in Scandinavia. Bonus!

One of these hotels we’ve found is Alcudia Pins in Playa del Muro, Mallorca Spain. It offered pretty much everything we were looking for. We wanted a child friendly hotel in Spain with a *Bamse kids club, pools, a beach nearby and All Inclusive.

And we knew we wanted a hotel with bilingual reps. It’s so important that my kids are exposed to, and get to practice speaking, Swedish – especially with other kids. Swedish adults tend to switch to English as soon as they hear my kids aren’t native, whereas kids generally won’t. (Mind you, Swedish kids are unbelievably good at speaking English nowadays!)

Alcudia Pins

The hotel delivered on all accounts. As I mentioned above, the reps were amazing and looked after our son so well. He was a bit worried initially but soon got the hang on things. He loved being in Bamse club and having the advantage of being able to speak both languages really boosted his confidence. Whenever there was a word or a phrase he didn’t understand the reps would help him out. I was incredibly proud of him, as it must have been quite daunting, and hard work at times.

The hotel was really clean and hotel staff couldn’t do enough for you. Always smiling and saying hello. I don’t know why, but I find that so important. Staff taking the time to look up and greet you. The hotel room was spacious and had everything we needed. The decor was bit dated perhaps, but it didn’t bother us really. We had a one bedroom apartment, with a lounge area, a kitchenette and comfy beds. Our view wasn’t amazing, (overlooking the road) but it didn’t matter as we didn’t travel abroad to spend time in our hotel room.

Jackson on sun lounger

Alcudia Pins is ideal for families as there is so much on offer. Obviously the pools and the beach are a great draw, but there’s also table tennis, a games room/amusement type games and small rides, a playground, a soft play area – you and your kids will not be bored!

As it’s ideal for Families it is overrun by kids. If you get annoyed by little ones running amok and playing, splashing around and generally being kids then this hotel is not for you.

We ventured out of the hotel a few times and it was a welcome break.

One of the trips was to a really fun acrobatic/circus show called Pirates which I will highly recommend!!

(Unfortunately the transfer was quite long, about an hour or so, and as I’ve mentioned previously my son gets travel sick so… yeah, not great. He ended up wearing a fantastic pirate souvenir t-shirt though so he was happy! Every cloud and all that).

Church in Old Town

We also went into the Old Town and it’s beautiful. The market was amazing – but make sure you haggle. Also, if you end up buying a beautiful brown leather bag, at a great price JUST FOR YOU, beware that it may be camel and will NEVER EVER EVER smell like anything else but camel even though you’ve literally tried anything and everything from newspapers to vinegar to leaving a cloth soaked in bleach inside the bag to actually just leaving it in the garage for months and months to get the smell to go away… Or so I’ve heard anyway. (Ahem)

The restaurants were great and there were many options to choose from. We were All Inclusive with the kind of food which generally caters for everyone. At the pool bar there are the usual suspects, burgers and sausages, jackets with different fillings and the buffet restaurant near reception had a fantastic variety of food to choose from. The themed restaurants are definitely worth a visit as they are table service and is a nice change from the buffet restaurant.

We never had to queue for very long, (albeit it was starting to get busier our second week at the hotel), and there was always plenty of seats in the restaurants. Staff, again, super friendly and helpful.

But – and herein lies a HUGE difference between our beautiful cultures… as it got busier and guests had to interact more due to space limitations – it became very clear that the English and Swedes have two very different ways of approaching certain things in life.

Swedes will happily wait their turn in a queue – as will the Brits. In this we are equal. Swedes will not eat the last meatball on the smörgåsbord, neither would the English eat the last roast potato, but with physical contact, the Swedes show their true Viking colours…

Palm Tree, Old Town

I’ll explain.

In England, if you’re walking down the street, and you’re accidentally bumped into – you apologise.

The person who bumped into you apologises.

Then you apologise again, for, well… having to apologise and the person apologises to you again for having to apologise for having to apologise in the first place. (This goes on for all eternity).

In Sweden it goes like this:

You walk down the road, person bumps into you, they continue walking.

End of story.

Sometimes, if the physical contact is great enough, if they step on your feet/toes say, the person MAY say something like “Oj!”, roughly translated to “whoops”.

My husband really can’t understand this behaviour at all. It’s hard to explain really. Swedes aren’t bothered about it all and it’s not like we don’t say sorry because we’re rude, it’s just… well, one of those lovely little differences.

Alcudia Pins pool, nighttime

The evening performances were great. Obviously geared towards kids and families but the standard was pretty high. We always managed to get a seat and there was a bar right by the stage.

All in all, our two weeks flew by and we had a fabulous time and I’d go back in a heartbeat.

We’re always on the look out for Swedish❤️English hotels so let me know if you’ve been to any recently!

Kram

Jessica

Jackson at Bamse Club

*Bamse is a Swedish cartoon character. He is the strongest and kindest bear in the world. Definitely not a Viking. I think he would say sorry if he bumped into you. Most definitely a Swenglish Bear.

Travelling with kids – the Airplane Edition

As a Swedish/English Family we spend a lot of time travelling between countries. Either by plane, boat or car – all options have their pros and cons.

Traveling with kids… WHY would you put yourself through that you ask.

Well. Yes. Quite.

It can be stressful from the get go and you certainly have to know what you’re up against, but what I’ve discovered is that the more prepared you are the easier it gets. Really.

Happy kids, happy parents, happy fellow passengers, happy everyone.

It’s starts with the packing. Go light. Bare essentials if you can. (And I totally get that it’s pretty much impossible with kids in tow!) But you can buy a lot of the heavy, bulky stuff at your destination (sun factor, nappies etc) or you can pre order nappies and things like formula at the airport. (Check out Boots online)

If you are travelling on your own with your kids then the backpack is your best friend. It gives you the freedom to use your hands and arms when needed. When your toddler tries to run off and into every shop in the terminal and at the same time the baby needs feeding and your oldest has decided that everything is laaaaaaaame and will not help thank you very much – then you need your arms. Also, necessary for easy access on the flight, as you will need ALL the baby stuff at different points during the flight.

However, if there are two of you then backpacks and a push along cabin luggage combo is a good way to go. You can fit more items into a pull along (generally) and you can store it away over head. If you’re bringing a pram on holiday then it might be an idea to take it through to the plane. We generally do. You can load it up with the stuff you don’t want to carry – jackets, kids bags, the daughter’s bunny rabbit that she all of sudden doesn’t want to carry. Also, kids legs get tired quickly so sitting in the pram for a little while is a nice break. (Plus they’re strapped in. Bonus.). Just remember that they might ask you to collapse the darn thing at security. We once had to bring a “lease” pram on a flight and spent an agonising 10 minutes trying to collapse it and then later un-collapse it!

Double check where you’ll pick up your pram once you’re at your destination though. Sometimes you pick it up right outside by the plane staircase and sometimes it’ll arrive with your bags. Twice we’ve had to collect it from “special luggage” around the corner from the conveyor belt.  (One time at Edinburgh airport, Scotland, we left the pram on the “special baggage” conveyor belt and made it half way into the city until we realised! Luckily, it was still there! That’s baby brain for you.)

I always pack sets of clothes in all my carry ons. So for my three kids, I’ll have at least one spare set of clothes in each of the carry ons. I know it sounds a bit weird but you’ll thank me one day. You might end up needing a jumper or a new pair of joggers on the plane and Sod’s law the spare clothes are all in the cabin luggage stowed away in the above compartment and you have a sleeping babe in arms. (Yes, it has happened to me).

If you’re travelling with a baby for the first time then fear not! As long as you feed the baby on take off and landing then you should be okay.If the baby cries then she cries. Please don’t worry about anyone else part from your baby. I know how easy it is to get stressed and worry about everyone else on the plane. Of course you do. I still do. We don’t want the baby to cry! But the thing is – your fellow passengers will survive. Baby will feel better sooner if mum or dad is relaxed. Generally, I find that people are really helpful and willing to give you a hand. On every flight I’ve been on as a lone parent, and I’ve been on a lot of them, there are always people happy to help.  Now, obviously there are exceptions. The occasional tut or eye roll. I get a few of them nowadays when I board the plane with my brood. It’s just plain rudeness and ignorance and not worth my time.

Oh and do make sure you check where the changing stations are as they’re not always in every toilet. I made it all the way to front of a plane recently just to be told all baby changing facilities are at the back. Wonderful. On most European flights I’ve used I find them to be TINY. So make sure you’re prepared and have everything at hand.  Leave extra time. For everything. Getting to the airport, parking the car, check in, getting through the airport… Extra time. Because, well, kids. Prepare for any eventuality. Car breaking down on the M25, toddler needs a wee NOW!, baby vomits all over you in the check in queue… So many scenarios.

Waiting is a killer, particularly standing in a long line to board the plane and your kids are singing: “WHY ARE WE WAITING?!” and shouting “THE PLANE IS RIGTH THERE, I CAN SEE IT MUMMY!!!”If there are two of us, and we’re travelling from a civilised airport with a kids playroom/area, then one of us will queue whilst the other entertain the kids. Tire them out big time!

When travelling solo, and there is no kids playroom/area then I find that bribery is the only way forwards. You know those crazy expensive magazines your kids are always begging for at the supermarket with like a plastic Peppa pig toy or similar? Yes my friend. I pull them out and my kids are generally happy for the entire 27 minutes we have to wait to board.

Or, a quick game of “guess where that plane is travelling to” will entertain them for exactly 7 minutes.If there’s an option to go via Fast track then by Zeus do so if your holiday wallet will allow it. This goes for any kind of Fast track/VIP/queue skipping service. It’s totally worth it.  Once safely on the plane, my kids will happily watch an episode or two of “Hey Dugee” on their iPads. My kids are seasoned travellers and they know what to expect now. I tend to choose an aisle seat for a number of reasons. First, I can block the exit for the kids. They would have to climb over me to escape. (Not that I wouldn’t put this past them).

Second, I can easily get out in case the baby needs a nappy change or trips to the toilet for the older kids. Also, once we’re landed I can get up and safely help get my children out from their seats. A few times my toddler has wandered off down the aisle and some inconsiderate travellers will literally try and barge past her in order to get off the plane first.

Headphone splitters people. What a blessing. Because obviously the kids want to watch the exact same thing on the same iPad. Headphone splitters on and they can! This way you’re also saving the battery on one of your devices! Result.

If, like us, you have a child who suffers from travel sickness then firstly commiserations. We have battled with this for 9 years and it’s really tough, mostly for our son obviously. However, this too can be managed with a little bit of planning ahead.

8 out of 10 times my son will be sick on the flight. Pretty much always on landing (it’s got something to do with the pressure apparently) but sometimes mid flight and a few times upon take off. He can now take anti sickness tablets, but I’m not sure how much they do actually help. They certainly helps for longer journeys in the car! He always wear his sea bands too of course. You can buy the bands from any well stocked health shop. We tend to get ours from Boots. The seabands (or nausea relief bands) have a little plastic stud attached to the strap and, when applied to pressure points on your wrist, helps alleviate feelings of nausea.

We order sick bags online and bring these in our hand luggage. They’re the sturdy paper bags you will find on planes. Other bags just won’t really cut it. Always have a bottle of water spare, just in case they’ll need to freshen up afterwards.

But the best general advice is just NOT TO TRAVEL WITH KIDS.

Kidding. The best advice is to try and stay calm. Hard thing to do, I know, but it’s the best way. If you’re well prepared then it’ll be fine. And if you’re desperate, ask for help. You’ll be surprised how kind and helpful people can be if you give them a chance.

Kram

Jessica