The number of Family Weekend Breaks are coming to an end for 2011 but before they do one of those breaks might have us dealing with some of the family that we don't see all of the time.
For me, I don't have to worry about it too much because I only have my mom, step father and brother on my side, as well as my mother in law on my wife's side. And luckily for me if my mother in law gets on my nerves I say, "huh I don't understand" because she only speaks spanish.
All jokes aside, I came across an article in About.com that deals with potential family conflict during the holiday.
Hopefully this will help. If it doesn't you can always revert to saying to your family "huh I don't understand."
Have a great weekend.
While I was in Colombia my 2 year old son had a few more tantrums than I did. Yes I still have tantrums but mine are more passive agressive in nature and not very noteworthy of any blog recognition. However, my son has me beat. He decided to throw himself on the floor and have a full out tantrum in the middle of a beautiful Colombian mall right when the security was passing by. What did we do? Well, we did what any normal middle American couple would do. My wife sat down to enjoy the show while I grabbed my camera and documented the display. Several minutes later I got down next to him and whispered in his ear... "Hey, I have a question. What is the name of the shark in Finding Nemo?" He looked at me and replied, "Bruce!" And that was that.
How do you handle tantrums at home, family weekend breaks or vacation?
When I came up with Family Weekend Breaks as my new website I realized that I needed to talk about extended vacation traveling as well. So, when traveling abroad to Colombia with an 8th month old girl with stealth like grabbing precision and a 2 year old boy who speaks his freedom and independence through the word NO, one must be prepared for the unexpected.
Here are 4 tips that I found helpful when traveling with young kids.
1. Lollipops -As parents we worry about our kids health, I one time ate a whole pizza pie and a 2 litter bottle of Pepsi and survived so taking a BIG BAG of healthy lollipops and chain popping them in your 2 year old's mouth during traveling will make everyone happy. Trust me. :)
2. A NEW DVD - To get my son to watch something I think is more educational for him I tell him that it's a new show even if he has seen the same show 466 times. He always says I want to watch Plaza Sesamo Nuevo (New Sesame Street). So buying a new (never been seen before) DVD for travel and pulling it out at the right time is a great way to change the mood in a heartbeat.
3. Asking lots of questions - There is something about asking a question that makes everyone of us stop for a second so the listener of the question can be the savior of the day and help the person with the query in need. I asked my son the same question during our trip so much that when I said to him towards the end of the trip "hey I have a question," he said, "What's the name of the shark in Finding Nemo?" Ok so don't over use this one... :)
4. Make up a story - Putting on a seatbelt is not a fun thing to do but it's the law and it has saved a ton of lives. However, you can't tell that to a 2 year old because he doesn't care. So, while on the plane I told my kids a story (use voice intonation for more effect) of GOD knows what to keep him from trying to take the seatbelt off and having a meltdown. As tiring as it was... It worked and put him to sleep. Or bored him to death. Whatever the case it works. :)
Hope these tips work for you as they are tried and tested.
Have a tip... Please let me know. I would be happy to try it out.
Jai (headshots nyc)
There are 3 things I can't change... my 2 kids, my 1 wife and my 0 rights.