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I took a business trip for work and realized that I had not flown in a plane since 2009. Yes it was more than 5 years since I'd been in a plane. How horrible? I used to fly all the time but having three kids and a frugal mindset, we often took the caravan of love route to visit grandparents and family far away. Car trips are a lot of fun, but they are also very exhausting. I remember my last flight was with my oldest daughter who was 8 months at the time. Oddly I was sick the entire time. Super nauseated and very cranky. She was having problems nursing but during the flight she was amazing. We sat and looked out the window and people were amazed at how quiet she was (I wasn't - she is my most agreeable child). I found out on the return trip that I was pregnant with our second child. After that I hadn't flown since.
Getting on this plane made me realize what my kids are missing. Now that they are all old enough to remember, I think the money won't be wasted and I think it's time to take on the TSA challenge of herding three wee-people through security for a shortened trip to visit the grands ore even get out of the country for vacation. Looking out my window I saw life get smaller. I saw building and monuments I recognize shrink to model size. I said to myself, wow, it's like god made a Lego town or an ant farm. We think our lives and our problems are so big, but really they are so very small. Being in a plane helped put that in perspective. I want my kids to have that similar epiphany so I shot clips with my iPhone of the take off, parts of the flight and the landing. When I brought the footage home it blew their minds. "Oh my god mom, things get so tiny"; "How do you stay up in the clouds without falling down"; "Wow, it's like a little town"; "Are we down there somewhere?". All of these questions and declarations filled with curiosity and wonder. I knew I was right... it's time to start planning a family air trip!
Organic Early Childhood Experiences
It's really important to provide "organic" experiences by taking your child places that will stimulate their 5 senses.