Illustration by Thomas Pitilli via The New York Times.
Even before they had kids, most people still probably experienced inklings of anxiety about what it would be like to one day have to take their kids on an airplane and how they would deal with the potentially disgruntled passengers around them.
Would they go in on the defense? Ready to retort with a snappy line about how the kid is teething and “what’s your problem?” Or would they be the passive and apologetic parent who works up a sweat bouncing their baby and shhhh-shing while simultaneously mouthing “I’m SO sorry” to anyone with in sight.
The New York Times addressed the topic recently, observing that parents today seem to be taking a more middle-of-the-road approach when it comes to diffusing the drama of the flying-with-kids situation: Goody bags.
Parents have been handing out goody bags stuffed with candy, earplugs and maybe an occasional tiny bottle of Jack Daniels to their seat mates in an effort to establish peace and temporary friendship while in flight.
It’s a smart idea (if you have the time to assemble them) and at the very least could get a chuckle from seat mates who will ideally have a longer fuse when that baby starts to fuss or the toddler begins uncontrollably kicking the seats.
We’d love to know, what is your approach to lessening anxiety when flying with kids? Goody bags, buying everyone a drink, Benadryl? Hey, no judgments.
Leave your creative suggestions and best advice in the comments!