Are you traveling with a toddler on a plane? It’s wonderful when parents travel with their young children and expose them to so many different things. However, are you one of those parents that seem to forget you have a toddler when you sit in your seat?
Here are 5 annoying things parents do when traveling with a toddler on a plane.
I was on a plane once and there was a woman sitting across the aisle from me who was traveling with four kids. These kids were acting like absolute monkeys (yes, I said it…monkeys) and the mother did nothing to stop the miscreant behavior. I am constantly amazed at how rude some parents can be when they are traveling with their kids.
If you do not fit into this category, then I am not speaking to you or your well-behaved children. For you, I am eternally grateful. This is for those other parents.
Please understand, I love children. I have a car seat in the backseat of my car and I’m constantly doing things with my nieces and nephews. I have so many toys, books, games, clothes, and gadgets in my home for my nieces and nephews that someone came to my house and said, “I thought you didn’t have kids?” because they couldn’t believe how kid-friendly my home was.
However, I do not understand why parents will get on a plane and all of a sudden lose their minds along with their hearing. Here are 5 annoying things parents do on a plane when flying with children. Are you one of these parents? If so, please pay special attention because I am talking to you. Do you know some of these parents? Please send them this link so they can stop doing these things.
Not give your kids headphones
This is completely unacceptable. If your kids are playing games or watching a movie, they need headphones of some kind. No one but your kid thinks their game is super fun. No one but your kid likes the movie they are watching. No one around them should have to endure listening to the sounds of their entertainment.
You can buy cheap earbuds, there is no reason to spend tons of money but whatever you do, get some type of headphones. To not provide them for your kids is really inconsiderate.
Let your kid grab the seat in front of them
Why would you do this? Your kids are cute. I get it. And you think the person in front of you couldn’t possibly mind that your child is grabbing their seat. Trust me when I tell you, they do.
It’s hard for your child to sit still for several hours and I think most people understand that. Just because your child can’t sit still does not give them the right to pull, kick, or in any way bother the seat in front of them.
It is totally unfair to the person sitting in that seat. And you do not have the right to sit in your seat and act like you don’t see what your child is doing. You see it and you need to stop your child from doing it.
Constantly saying SSSSHHHHH!
If you want your kids to behave while flying, how about teaching them about proper plane etiquette BEFORE getting on the plane? Constantly saying SSSHHH doesn’t do anything because your kids aren’t responding to you.
Discipline is real and it’s necessary and kids respond to it when it’s done properly. Trying to start on a plane isn’t a great idea. If disciplining your child had started at home, when you say, “sssshhhhh” your kids would have listened to you.
Letting your kids shout
Why? Why do you think this is ok? Why do you let your kids shout to each other on a plane? Didn’t you teach them about their inside voices? They can just talk normally, they do not have to shout. Please stop allowing this.
Letting your kids sing at the top of their lungs
I get it. You think your kid is the next Rihanna or Taylor Swift. They are not. Stop them from singing because no one but you thinks it is cute. It is annoying and everyone on the plane wants to smack you and your child.
Now you know! Take a few minutes and a bit of money to prepare for traveling with a toddler on a plane. You will have a less stressful trip and those around you will thank you.