Pickle says….I just love travelling with my family! Sometimes, though, I can’t help myself and end up complaining (just a little bit!). In my few years of going on lots of holidays I have heard other children, including my big bro and sisters, say the same things. To make things easier for Mummy, here are the five things I say the most when I’m in a tiny little bit of a grumpy mood, and how you can make it better.
“Are we there yet?”
99% of the time we’re not. But you and I both know that I’ll ask anyway (probably starting only a few minutes after we have left home). If I have to be in the car or on a plane or train for a long time, you can understand why I may get impatient from time to time. Of course, the longer the journey, the more tired I get. Booking a direct trip makes it easier for me since I know that once we get out of the plane, train, car or ship the journey is almost over.
Sometimes, it can be hard for me to understand that one car ride was not enough to get to our holiday. If it can’t be avoided, try and prepare me about the fact that we will have to travel two or three different ways or that after our flight there will be a journey on the bus. If I know ahead of time what is coming, I’m more likely to understand when the time comes.
And there’s more! To make the trip as stress-free as possible, I appreciate taking short-cuts when possible. Maybe Mummy can book our parking at the airport in advance so we know exactly where we’re going on the day and not have to drive around until we find a spot. Check websites like Looking4Parking and Mummy can even save some money when she books our space at the airport (maybe the savings can go in my piggy bank?). And think about security checks – if we can opt for the fast lane, then we won’t have to stand in long queues and I will be much happier.
“I just CAN’T take another step – my legs are tired!”
Don’t forget that I have tiny legs, and that I’m not as used as Mummy is to hiding my tiredness. Usually, when we visit a new place we end up walking a lot, and not just on the streets but also in museums, shopping centres etc. So, since we are going to walk a lot, Mummy should bring my pushchair (even if I’m a bit older). This way, I’ll have a place to call mine where I can rest my legs or take a nap if I need to.
Bonus: I’ll also have more energy to do activities, and be more relaxed when time comes to stand in a queue. If a pushchair is out of the question, just make sure we make regular stops, even if it’s just a short rest at a bench or a café (hey, Mummy can enjoy a nice coffee, too, while we’re there!).
You might think it’s weird, but, although sometimes I feel like I can’t walk anymore, I still have plenty of energy. If Mummy can, she should bring me to a play space, where I can just let loose for a few minutes. I may just need some fun and play time to let off steam. It’ll look like I’m tiring myself out as I’m running around, but I’m actually recharging my batteries 😉
“I’ve got nothing to wear…”
I don’t have to tell you that us youngsters go through a lot of clothes. Spills, stains and all sorts of accidents make us need to change often. So, when Mummy packs my suitcase, bring some extras (she might also need an extra shirt or two for herself since I’m still learning how to use cutlery properly).
And, although I may still need Mummy’s help to pack my suitcase, it doesn’t mean I don’t need to get involved! So ask me questions and help me decide what I need to bring along, so I learn how to do it on my own soon.
I’m never bored when we play games like “I Spy but when we’ve played it thirty times (or when we’ve spent a lot of time at a museum which is not that interesting to me), I still want to be entertained. So, here’s an idea: get Mummy to get me involved in the planning of our holiday! I know I can’t do deep research, but if she hastalked to me a lot about a place we’ll see, I know I’ll be super excited when I get to finally see it.
“I don’t want to go to bed!”
At the end of a long day of activities and fun stuff, I should be tired, right? Well, not so fast! Sometimes, I’ll fight sleep because I feel like I’ll miss out on more exciting stuff since the grown-ups are staying up late. Most of the time, though, I just don’t want to go to sleep in an unfamiliar bed. The sheets don’t smell like the ones at home, it’s too cold or too hot, I only have one cuddly toy… More importantly, isn’t Mummy forgetting something? (*Hint* My bedtime story, of course!) Whatever it is that makes my bedtime routine feel like the one at home, that’s what I want.
Be patient, Mummy (and all the other parents out there)! In time, I’ll become a pro traveller like you! I am getting there! In the meantime, though, I hope this can help you listen and understand what I actually mean when I complain during our holiday.
Are you going on holiday this summer? We hope you find our Top Tips to stop travel moans from children useful if you are!