A Traveling Mother’s Dilemna


What can I say about mother’s that has not been said already?  Mother’s Day is the day we express loving sentiments to mothers for their unconditional love, tireless devotion and loving care of their offspring.  I, with the rest of my siblings, and like millions of other families celebrated the joy of being blessed with a super Mom who is special, beautiful, wonderful, and just downright amazing. This date is single-handedly the most important day on the calendar even though it is not a public holiday.  It should be.  Mothers would say that every day is Mother’s Day and I agree with that too.  After all, the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.

My blog concentrates mostly on vacations, itinerary planning, lifestyle, and travel, but I want to recount an article I read recently of a young mother traveling with two small children.  Her account caused me to reflect and ask myself serious questions about a traveling mother’s dilemna.  The well-presented article rebuked me in several ways, mostly for my lack of empathy and patience.  Read a full account of the incident here.

After reading the harried mother’s account, I saw myself not as the protagonist who deserves to be celebrated for his courage, but as the irritated traveler who invariably finds herself seated next to, in front of, or behind a screaming infant who would not be pacified in the ensuing meltdown.  What has my attitude been towards frantic mothers in situations like these?  Do I keep my distance? Do I reach out and offer to help?  Or, do I wish they were seated nearer to first class than where I usually sit in economy?  These questions may sound selfish and empathetic, but they are honest, true and are for my own introspection.

The trepidation mothers experience when flying with young children in such a confined space is a real concern that is often overlooked by fellow passengers.  We put on our noise cancelling head phones, plug our ears or pretend to fall asleep the minute we are seated.  We try to shut out everyone around us.  My awareness to the distresses of overtaxed mothers has been heightened, and even though there may be little to nothing that I can do, a knowing smile and an offer to help an anxious and overwhelmed mother could be a welcomed relief for her or may be a polite rejection for me.  To do nothing is not an option.  Not to reinvent the wheel, a couple of links below provide helpful tips to traveling moms with young ones.

15 Tips for Stress-free Traveling with Little Children

Traveling with Kids – Tips and Tricks

Finally, I want to wish all mothers in my blog community, email and readership a blessed Mother’s Day.  May the experience of wonderful blessings be shared and received every day for the rest of your lives.  You deserve the best.

Community Peeps, it is always a pleasure sharing my thoughts and keeping it real with you.  What has been your experience on the subject?  Tell me what worked for you and your family which can help someone else.  Comment in the box below.  Select follow to receive immediate postings and become a part of my community.  Click like to show your love and support. Go ahead and share my blog on your own social media site.  Thank you for reading, I appreciate it.

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