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10 Tips for Traveling with Kids on Airplanes


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Don't Rely Entirely on Electronics
That's right -- a book might occupy your child for longer than a video game!
That's right -- a book might occupy your child for longer than a video game!
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DVD players or other electronics can be a lifesaver for parents flying with young children. Remember though, that you must turn these devices off during takeoff and landing. When you're sitting next to a cranky kid with nothing to do, the ascent and descent can seem to take an eternity. Keep kids entertained during this electronic-free period with some old-fashioned fun. Bring along a selection of storybooks to read to your child, or pack small toys, coloring books and travel games. A mini Etch-a-Sketch is both fun and portable, while a simple box of crayons can distract your child until you get the all-clear to use electronics. This is also a great time to play quiet games like I-Spy or to talk about all the exciting things you're going to do when you arrive at your destination.


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