Elizabeth and I go to San Diego...Whee!! So excited...we haven't been there since we moved east almost 3 years ago. Can I just say that I still have a little PTSD from that particular flight? Elizabeth had recently turned 2. Need I say more? OMG, it was...bad...She was not happy about being made to stay her seat, despite all the snacks and toys I had. I even tried to bribe her with my usually forbidden phone. She looked at it for about 20 seconds, then threw it over the seat in front of us. There was a lot of screaming and crying (and Elizabeth had a hard time, too)...It was so bad that after the flight, in the baggage claim area, an older man who'd been on our flight patted me on the arm and said, "It gets better..." I was so tired and frazzled by that point, all I could manage was a wan smile at him in return.
Well, obviously, Elizabeth has grown and changed in the past three years. There is a huge difference between 2 and 5 years, right? I am anticipating a much better experience this time. And just to insure that things will go better, I've bought her a kids e-reader, which can be loaded with apps for games, etc. It was going to be for her birthday, but I may wait until we fly out to give it to her.
What about you? Any travelling-with -kids horror stories?