Welcome to the June edition of Authentic Parenting Blog
Carnival: Vacation and Travel.
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Authentic
Parenting Blog Carnival hosted by The Positive Parenting Connection and Authentic Parenting. This month our participants are
sharing ideas, inspiration and information on travel and vacations!
Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival
I’m going to admit something here, and I feel slightly silly about it… I’m scared of travelling with my daughter. I read blog posts about people travelling with their babies and toddlers, and see pictures my friends and family have shared of them on holiday with their kids, and I shudder to imagine doing it myself.
You see, Nookie hates the car. As an infant she would scream the very minute she was put into her car seat. The longest journey we have ever taken her on was a trip to Southport and back to see some friends of Hedgehog’s when she was about 3 months old: a journey of about 3 and a half hours there and back. It was so stressful it traumatised me! She initially slept, but was soon awake while we were on the motorway and the screaming commenced. We eventually stopped and I calmed her, but the moment we were back in the car she was back to screaming. And then she cried most of the way home.
As she’s got older she will tolerate short car journeys. She’ll occupy herself with toys, singing and chatting, and if there are two of us in the car we can play videos on our phones for her. But her maximum tolerance is still about 45 minutes. And we can’t possibly stop at a shop or anything and expect her to get back into her car seat. Once she’s out, until she’s tired, she will not get back in again without a fight! I once made that mistake and I’ll never do it again.
So the prospect of travelling for a holiday this summer is something that fills me with dread. We pretty much live in the exact centre of England. It’s at least a 2 hour trip to the coast either way. I would dearly love to take Nookie to the seaside for the first time so she can build sand-castles and splash in the sea. I’m sure she’d love it. But in reality I just can’t see it happening.
So for the moment our ‘summer’ (because so far this year we’ve had a total of about 7 days of hot weather in the UK) has been filled with day-trips to local places of interest. We’ve visited nearby lakes, nature reserves, parks and farms. We’ve gone paddling in rivers and explored markets. We’ve eaten ice-cream and drank hot-chocolate. And for the moment I guess this will have to suffice.
I’m sure things will get easier when it comes to travelling with Nookie. But for the moment there are enough places to explore nearby without having to travel to the coast. It’s a shame, but I can live with it. We’re fortunate that our beautiful county is filled with parks, lakes and rivers all within a short drive. And I’ve discovered some interesting places that I never even knew were there.
It’s actually quite nice come to think of it.
Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
- Traveling with a Sick Child — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares her tips and tricks for traveling with a sick child based on firsthand experience.
- Educational Travel | Pennsylvania, New Mexico &; Louisiana — That Mama Gretchen relives three childhood trips while outlining a plan for future homeschooling adventures.
- Babymoon: A Cruise in Europe — Bianca from The Pierogie Mama writes about the babymoon that she and her husband took to Europe, via a week long cruise through the Western Mediterranean..
- ITravelling with our little one — Stoneageparent describes what travelling means to her family, exploring the link between attachment parenting and travelling
- I Just Can’t Do It — aNonyMous at Radical Ramblings describes the nightmare it is trying to travel with her daughter, and how for the moment day-trips to local areas will have to suffice.
- Carnival: Travel and Vacation — Macgyvermama rounds out her “Travel Light with Babies and Kids” series with some juicy tips on how to travel light and stress free with your moving and grooving Toddler!
- Traveling: Adventure, Nature, Family — Brenna at Almost All The Truth shares her hopes and fears for her Great Summer Camping Road Trip with her three small children.
- Frustration Free Flying with Kids — Based on her extensive experience flying with her family, Laura at Authentic Parenting shares tips on how to make the trip fun for you and your children.
- 12 Awesome Toys To Bring Along When Traveling With Children - Ariadne over at Positive Parenting Connection is sharing about toys her children love and playful ways to use them that make travel with children more fun and less stressful for the whole family.