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Traveling with Kids

Traveling with Kids

Traveling with kids is for the BRAVE. They present a whole new adventure. traveling with kids

Kids come with extra details that you must absolutely pay attention to! I learned this the hard way….. Trust me when I say the story is too much for your delicate hearing. Plus if I told you we’d all need drinks and we’re trying to stay sober for this, pay attention…. Continue reading

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How to organize toys and clutter in a playroom? The Toy Library Saves The Day!

 

How to organize toys and clutter in a playroom?
The Toy Library Saves The Day!

Time to organize your kid’s toys? Let the Toy Library help!

We’ve all been there, that moment when you’re just sure you’ve purchased the toy of your child’s dreams! The toy they will love and cherish one day mentioning it with nostalgia when you’re both adults vacationing together someplace splendid.

With bated breath you watch as they…. Play with the box.

You glance around your house, your eyes lingering on the whimsical sign a friend got you, “Excuse the mess, we’re making memories.” It’s the battle cry of the exhausted mother that wants to be able to sleep at night without overwhelming guilt for all the stuff that lingers around the house.

Perhaps instead of giving up, you’ll give the Toy Library a go.

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Creating Summer Memories

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Vacations with the kids – how do you make these memories last?

Postcards and magnets are all fun, but to create true and lasting memories you want to go deeper. The best way to create positive memories that will last through adulthood is to focus on the quality time spent together as a family.

 

memoriesStart your vacation when you leave your house – not when you reach your destination.

Speed is not a goal, explore exciting discoveries along the way and get to know each other, too. When you see a sign for the world’s largest ball of twine – pull over and check it out! The excitement of discovery and the unknown is half the adventure. Plan spontaneity if you have to.

A long car ride can also be the perfect opportunity to get to know your children. Get a book of questions or create your own ahead of time. Questions such as “What is your favorite toy and why?” or “If you could be any animal in the world what would you be? Why?” are great conversation starters – and perfect ways to get to know your kids on a deeper level.

Make sure to include the why part of the question – this can lead to some interesting discussions.  Make sure everyone answers the question and has time to talk as long as they want to.

 

Create a family vacation scrapbook or journal!

Create a family vacation scrapbook or journal!

How do you record these memories?

One great way to keep the memory alive and special is to create a family vacation scrapbook or journal. Before leaving, arm each family member with a journal, a fun pen, a digital camera, and a large envelope.

Throughout the trip have them jot down favorite moments, thoughts, sketches, what they did, funny things other people said or write a narrative of parts of the trip. They can take pictures and collect brochures, leaves and other small, flat objects.

Combine memories into one scrapbook

When you get home combine everybody’s experiences, pictures, maps and artifacts into one scrapbook or even get them bound at your local office supply store. Captions can be added to photos and drawings can decorate the pages.

It is a lot of fun to see how everybody viewed the vacation and remembers different events. It is also a fun way to build a family experience library and look back as the kids grow up to see how they change.

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Make sure to focus on the real reason for a vacation – to relax, have fun and spend quality time together. This will make memories that will last a lifetime!

 

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Suzanna Kaye is a professional organizer and owner of Spark! Organizing, LLC. She has special experience with organization for office, financial, ADD/ADHD, elderly, disabled, overwhelmed and special needs. With the belief that cluttered people are some of the most creative and interesting people she knows, she loves working with her clients in a supportive and loving environment. For more information about Suzanna visit our about us page, email info@SparkOrganizing.com or call 321-234-5499.

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Top Travel Safety Tips for How to Keep your Kids Out of Harm’s Way

Top Travel Safety Tips for

How to Keep your Kids Out of Harm’s Way

Keep your children safe with these travel safety tips

The holidays are a time when many of us travel. And everyone has a better trip when they feel and stay safe. People also tend to get excited or distracted when going to visit relatives or on vacation. So it’s important when traveling with your kids to follow these travel safety tips.

We think these general safety tips, airport security tips, health tips, and others are an excellent way to stay safe when taking a trip.

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The following are important general safety tips to follow no matter how you are getting to your destination:

  • Put an ID necklace or tag on your child for when traveling in airports, train stations, etc. Be sure to include your contact information and an alternate contact’s information. Do not put your child’s name in a visible place as this can be used to lure your child away from you. Their name should be on the inside or back side of the ID.
  • Bring a photo of your child in case you get separated. Make sure it is a physical copy in case your phone isn’t accessible or you are incapacitated.
  • Older children should know how to contact you and where to go if you get separated. Always, have a meeting place or plan.
  • Know what your child is wearing. Intentionally dress your kids in bright clothes. If possible wear the same bright-colored or patterned shirts yourself. This strategy makes you easy to spot.  And it helps people figure out which adult is the child’s parent and locate them if they find your child.
  • Finally, wear comfortable shoes. If a little one takes off running, you need to be able to move quickly.

When traveling by auto keep these travel safety tips in mind:

  • Check seat belts and car seats before leaving for comfort and visibility. If seat belts need more padding or an adjusting clip, do so before the day of the trip.
  • Make sure car seats leave enough visibility to see out windows easily. Make sure car seats are appropriate for your child’s age and safely secured.
  • An upcoming trip is an excellent time to double-check if you need to update your car seat. Also stop by the fire station to check that your seats are installed correctly.

travel safety tipsTips for airport security

  • Check with airlines about carry-on restrictions including size, weight, and contents. Do so ahead of time.
  • Leave extra time to go through security.  Stressed out parents lead to distressed kids. You and your child should wear slip-on shoes.
  • Prepare to remove your child from their stroller or carrier before going through security.
  • Make passing through security an educational experience. Explain how x-rays work and if possible let them see the screens nearby.  Explain what will happen to little kids to reduce fear. Laugh and make it a fun time to reduce anxiety. Kids look to their parents to see if they should be afraid of a new experience.
  • Make sure kids know not to joke about “a bomb in the bag” or any other suspicious activity. Even a joke from a child can delay the whole family in getting through security.
  • Bring non-liquid snacks. You can usually buy beverages once you have passed through security.
  • Inform security if your child has special needs or devices. If your child is disabled, let them know what your child is capable of (standing, walking, etc.) and what they are not able to do. Stay with them to help reduce fears.
  • To fly with breast milk or juice over 3 ounces, you must declare these items before screening. Separate these items from other liquids and store in a zip-top bag. These items may be subject to extra testing.

Health Tips

  • The day before make sure your children get extra rest, fluids, and healthy meals.
  • Install car sunscreens – even for older kids.
  • Open front windows in cars can be irritating to backseat passengers. So can too much sun. Even older children can benefit from sunglasses and a car sunscreen.
  • When flying time breastfeeding or bottles with taking off or landing. This strategy will help relieve ear popping.
  • Always use sunscreen – even for non-beach or pool trips! The sun can penetrate clothing and car windows, so if you will be out for awhile protect your kids.

travel safety tipsAdditional Travel Safety Tips

  • Bring a night light for overnight stays.
  • A carrier to put on your back or front for an infant is often easier than a stroller.
  • Find kid-friendly restaurants along your route with mykidsplate.com
  • Bungee cord car seats, backpacks, etc. to rolling luggage if possible.
  • Pack kid backpacks with their favorite toy, ID, snacks, and other necessities. Have them help you pack.
  • Wear comfortable clothes. You can change when you get to your destination if needed. Drawstring or loose elastic pants, stretchy, loose tops or tank tops, a sweater (for cooler air conditioned cars and planes) slip-on shoes, and comfy socks are best. Get silly socks for the car gift bag. It adds a layer of fun! Silly sunglasses, hats, etc. are also fun.
  • It is possible to rent baby items when away from home. Playpens, strollers and more are available from such places as Baby’s Away and other rental sites.
  • Use lists!

As you can see, there are a lot of travel safety tips to follow when traveling with your children.

Bookmark this article so you can easily find it before your next trip.

Following our general safety tips, airport security tips, health tips, and others are a great way to stay safe when traveling. Plus they help keep you organized. 😉

Have a great trip and stay safe!


suzanna-thumbSuzanna Kaye is a professional organizer and owner of Spark! Organizing, LLC. She has special experience with organization for office, financial, ADD/ADHD, elderly, disabled, overwhelmed and special needs. With the belief that cluttered people are some of the most creative and interesting people she knows, she loves working with her clients in a supportive and loving environment. For more information about Suzanna visit our about us page, email info@SparkOrganizing.com or call 321-234-5499.

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