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RVA Parenting: 4 tips to get your kids to sleep when you travel

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We know all sorts of families will be traveling for the summer!

If you’re hitting the road, but you have a child that has trouble sleeping- travel can be a nightmare. It doesn’t have to be. Here are four travel tips that may make all the difference.

1.    Talk to your kids
Children thrive on consistency and routine. These two go right out the window the moment you board a plane or take a long road trip. Because your child depends so much on the routine of your normal day, it’s important to talk with your child about what to expect on travel days. 
Depending on the age of your child, take time to talk with them about your upcoming trip. My oldest daughter is 2.5 years. Toddlers really can’t handle prep too far in advance, so I began talking about riding airplanes a few days before our trip. Every time we were in a new airport city, we talked with her about what was happening:
“We’re about to get off of this airplane, walk into this airport, and then use the potty. After we go potty we’ll get some lunch while we wait for the next airplane.”

2.    Make it easy
3.    Be Your own Parent
4.    Keep their bedtime

To read the full expansion of all of these ideas, visit Richmond City Moms Blog.
 

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