Going Solo

You can smooth out the bumps in the road when traveling alone with kids by assigning them simple tasks.
Feb 06, 2013

Ages

5-7

Divvy up the research. Let your kids look for excursions (via guides and the Internet) while you focus on logistics like flights.

 

Make an itinerary. Work as a team to build a plan, and record all confirmation numbers and directions so your children can read aloud as you navigate.

 

Use the “one-third” rule. Allocate one third of the trip for things your kids choose, another third for activities you pick, and the final third for outings you decide on together.

 

Assign age-appropriate tasks. Five year olds can find fire exits when checking in at a hotel, tweens make excellent map readers, and toddlers can make sure snacks taste fresh.

 

Praise a job well done. Your kids will be even more cooperative if they feel you appreciate their help.

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