My husband and I start off our plane travel with kids as soon as they hit 2. We figured they are big enough to enjoy the sights and big enough for us to enjoy them enjoying it (ang daming enjoy!). We have requested and have been given front row seats of the plane and have used up the planes barf bag a few times. Like any parent, the first time to travel with a baby or a toddler on a plane can be worrisome but take heart and repeat to yourself, the flight is just 2 hours or 13!:-)
Green Cross Alcohol through their parenting FB portal Mommy PROs gives us “Baby on Board” practical tips to help us endure the plane ride that seems to take forever . Hope you guys traveling with your babies or toddlers can read through it to prepare you for the pressure ahead;-)
As for me, I’m lucky my kids are quite easy on the plane. They are not too sensitive with the cabin air pressure. In the few times that they complain of “ouchie” ears, I just tell them to copy mom and open their mouth really wide or drink milk. I time the drinking of milk on take off or landing. When the kids got bigger, I made them chew some gum (gum is part of my checklist). I also bring some toys for them to play with and their favorite snacks to keep boredom at bay.
When the destination requires a lot of walking (theme parks not beaches), I bring an umbrella stroller and take it all the way to the boarding gate. Before, we made the mistake of checking it in and the wait in the immigration counter was long and the walk to the gate was kinda far so we had to carry our toddler the whole time. Another plus of taking the stroller with you all the way to boarding gate is they give the stroller back to you immediately upon deplaning! After a long plane ride, with baby and parent tired, it is comforting to plop the baby down on a stroller while going through immigration again and finding the exit.
At first, I was a bit apprehensive because my toddler is a walker and I might end up with a stroller and walking toddler! but walker that he is, he still gets tired and appreciated the stroller break. He was on it at the times he was tired. And was off it when he has regained his energy and is ready to run, run, run!
For more tips on traveling with a baby, see Green Cross’ Baby on Board.
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Disclosure: Thanks to Green Cross Mommy PROs for sponsoring this post.
When I was younger, my parents together with my 2 brothers would do the Visita Iglesia (visiting 7 churches) and do the Stations of the Cross. It was a good Lenten experience and a good bonding experience for the whole brood. My brothers and I of course looked forward to the lunch and snacks along the way. It was sort of a spiritual field trip that I have so much fond memories of.
Sometimes, we would head to the province of either my mom in Pampanga or my dad in Laguna and have a grand reunion “espesyal” with the entire clan in the ancestral house. We would play, exchange stories, scarily watch the penitents flagellate themselves and look forward to my lola’s (grandma’s) menudo for lunch and sopas for merienda.
Lull times would be spent watching the TV showing the Passion and Death of Christ.
Today with a family of my own, I don’t do the 7 churches anymore. My husband, kids and I just visit one church and do one round of the Stations of the Cross. We read through the Stations of the Cross leaflet, pray silently on the pews for a short while and then leave.
I’m not sure if that is enough observance of the Lenten season but for now it would do.
Last year, while doing the Stations of the Cross with the family, I told myself I’m going to write a Stations of the Cross for children. I would make it more real to them, more personal. As I was trying to write it, I got stuck in the middle because I realized what I was writing is another prayer again of myself/kids in relation to the sufferings of Jesus. And I told myself, “Why does it have to be about me/kids again?”
I came across this wonderful Stations of the Cross leaflet published by the Missionary of St. Paul in 1936 and newly designed in 1988 by Jennifer Gregory Miller from her website familyfeastanderia.wordpress.com.
The material paints the image of Jesus’ sufferings in words that are easy to understand for kids. The personal prayer is short and sweet and is focused on Jesus. Click this to download Jennifer’s printable version – Stations of the Cross for Children.
Have a Blessed Holy Week!
Woohooo! Mabuhay ka, Manny! Unanimous Decision. Score: 116-112 (x2), 118-110.
Since we are on the Manny streak, I had a close encounter with Manny a month back.
I was in the UNTV studio for TheGoMom’s first TV appearance. On my way up to the studio, I was speechless when I saw Manny Pacquiao!!! I stopped for awhile, unsure who it was and started screaming OMG, OMG, OMG! Hands shaking, heart palpitating, voice 10 decibels higher. I hugged him, made beso (kiss) and had my picture taken several times. When I recovered from my shock, I shook his hands and told him I’m a fan and how happy and proud all Filipinos are of him. I called my parents to check if they have time to come over to the studio to have the once in a lifetime chance to have their photo taken with the Pambansang Kamao. They were busy and couldn’t make it. When I got to the studio, I was still ecstatic and told everyone, “Go down, Manny Pacquiao is at the 2nd floor!” No one was as excited as me. I was thinking to myself, “Ano ba naman, walang respeto sa pambansang kamao!” And then one guest told me, “Relax, he is Manny Pangyaw. He is a TV host here at UNTV.” Huwhaaaaaat?!#@?! I don’t know whether to cry or laugh. I laughed.
Another side kwento on Manny, while watching the fight yesterday with my family and friends, a friend recounted a story of Manny’s remarkable kindness. LBC has been one of Manny Pacquiao’s sponsors. However, LBC doesn’t have the budget right now to sponsor Manny’s current fight so they said they cannot be a sponsor anymore. Manny apparently said, “Ay hindi pwede yan. Sinuportahan nyo ako sa umpisa, tatapusin natin ito magkasama.” (That can’t be. You supported me at the start, we will finish this together). Yesterday, the LBC logo was still on Manny’s shorts even without a sponsorship. Saludo kami sa iyong tapang, determination, galing at higit sa lahat sa iyong kabaitan!
Muli, mabuhay ka Manny!