... There are long airport lines, security checkpoint(s), boarding the plane, sitting in a confined, shaking, noisy space that can pressure little ears, and travel etiquette issues like not kicking the seats...

But when children understand what to expect and what is expected of them, they are always much better behaved.

If parents are prepared and prepare their children as well, travel with little ones can be an absolute joy!

Links to recommended articles - each emphasizing the need to involve children in preparation for the trip!

Packing and Pre-Trip Considerations.
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favorite checklists.

Tools (DVDs & Books) to Prepare Toddlers for Travel.

08 January 2008

Prepare Toddlers & Preschoolers to Fly with the Shae by Air DVD Toolkit

Children - even toddlers! - have the capacity to understand what to expect and what is expected of them, and with that the ability to be respectful, Good Little Travelers.

Most TSA agents, flight attendants and airport personnel recognize that traveling children are often ill-prepared for the journey and for the most part are mindful of that fact and quite helpful. But traveling families have a responsibility to prepare themselves and their children for likely delays, long lines, the need to be flexible.

There is more to flying with toddlers than keeping them entertained and hoping for good behavior on the plane: there are long lines at busy airports, security checkpoint(s), boarding the plane, sitting in confined space that shakes and makes noise, not to mention puts sometimes incredible pressure on little ones' ears, and travel etiquette issues like not kicking the seats in front... all things that don't get addressed in the usual checklists.

Children learn best when they can use a variety of senses. The Shae by Air DVD Toolkit™ includes a DVD movie: something visual children could recognize and emulate, shot at their height - to see a good example set, to hear the process explained in words that encourage, not frighten or bore them. The Picture Packing List allows children to do something - to be a part of the trip. Helping pack makes it the children's trip too, not just something they are dragged along on. What is a DVD Toolkit? It's more than just a movie! It's everything your child needs to prepare to travel.

Endorsed in Northwest Airlines' inflight magazine, NWA World Traveler, as well as USC Childcare Programs, TripConnect, Inside Motherhood, and more, Shae by Air was filmed from a child's perspective and everything is shot from their height and eye level.

The Shae by Air DVD Toolkit contains:

  • Entertaining Live Action Movie introducing air travel to young children
  • Fun Airplane Music Video
  • Video Message to Parents for use of the video as a preparatory tool
  • Shae by Air Picture Packing List for toddlers
  • Two I'm a Good Little Traveler! Luggage Tags

By watching
Shae by Air, and using the tools included with the movie, children will:
  • Be comfortable and aware of boundaries and expectations before and during a trip
  • Become familiar with travel environments, such as airport security and the airplane cabin
  • Learn travel and social etiquette through peer role modeling
  • Feel empowered with a sense of responsibility for themselves while traveling
  • Look forward to their next big travel adventure!

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