Travel Tales + Tips : as told by Drowsy Moms
Motherhood in all situations is exhausting. Motherhood May Cause Drowsiness: Mom Stories from the Trenches is a new hilarious and insightful anthology of stories about motherhood. Three of the moms included are fellow traveling moms and they have experienced their fair share of jet lag, middle-of-the-night forehead poking, long-haul flights, and of course, sleepless night! They understand that traveling while parenting is a whole new level of exhaustion. Their stories gave me fond memories of our first airplane trip with our twins when they were newborns and that 11 hour road trip home from Georgia. I am excited to share a glimpse at their tales today.
Meet three of the traveling moms in Motherhood May Cause Drowsiness: Mom Stories from the Trenches!
(guest post written by Lisa Nolan)
In “Jet Lag: The Torture Chamber,” Lisa Webb of the Canadian Expat Mom blog has just flown over the Atlantic Ocean and across Canada with her two children, both under the age of three, to visit her parents. It’s the middle of the night and Lisa is passed out on the bed. Her toddler wants Cheerios and pokes and prods her sleeping mom to get up, then taps Lisa’s forehead over and over again while singing Forehead, forehead, forehead. “With my husband back home in France,” she writes, “I'm temporarily a single Mom who is dealing with an eight-hour time change and two nocturnal babies who take turns testing the limitations of my sanity.”
Beth Markley of the Manic Mumbling blog, and her family have had their share of travels (with the photos to prove it). In “Adventures in sleep disruption: The pros and pitfalls of family travel,” (a story that has yet to be told) she writes: “Take two over-ambitious parents and their tween boys on a European adventure, mix in healthy doses of motion sickness, jet lag, and suspected-but-as-yet undiagnosed narcolepsy, plus more planes, trains, ferries, and overstuffed automobiles than you can shake a stick at, and what do you have? An epic lesson in what boundaries not to push, and a collection of barf bags stuffed in every crack and crevice of your luggage, just in case. Navigating the exciting world of family travel (and the inevitable sleep and stomach disruptions that come with it) without losing your marbles.”
In “The ABCs of Flying with the Kids,” Shannon Day, of Martinis and Motherhood, shares four of her favorite travel tips for stressed out moms:
“Over the past ten years, my husband and I have done our fair share of long haul flights, with the kids. And, through much trial and error, we’ve come to discover what it takes to set our family up for success. Here are some tried and tested tips to help relieve stress and effectively get your family from A to B, via airplane.
“Get a grip on your own travel anxiety. If the idea of flying with your kids makes your heart race and your palms drip with sweat, try a few (or all) of these childcare-friendly ways to relax yourself: a) Abuse lavender, eucalyptus or any other relaxing essential oil. Put it in a small roll-on or mini spray bottle. Sniff it like a drug and you will reap the benefits. Breeeeeathe in the calm. Releeeeeease the stress. b) Consume one or two glasses of wine (or the beverage of your choice). White wine or light coloured bevies are ideal in case they get spilled. Note* the effect of just one glass of wine is quite remarkable. c) Make: “Fake it ‘til you make it” your motto. Knowing that the kids are watching and taking cues from you can help you stay calm. I find shouting Woo hooooooo! or Weeeeeee! as we bounce around during turbulence, somewhat effective. If your face and your words exude good times then the kids won’t worry and when the kids are cool, half the battle has been won.”
Are you ready to share a travel story, tip, or humor? Leave a comment! But before you go, please check out our brave mom traveler warriors and contributors to Motherhood May Cause Drowsiness: Mom Stories from the Trenches:
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