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Advice For Parents Who Fly With Kids On An Airplane For The First Time

by Bob Walsh

Good parenting skills aren’t just about the way you handle your kids – it’s also about how you interact with other people who are around you when your kids are present. So I really loved this story about parents who got on an airplane and handed out little candy gift bags with a small note that said:

Hello! We’re twin baby boys on our first flight and we’re only 14 weeks old! We’ll try to be on our best behavior, but we’d like to apologize in advance just in case we lose our cool, get scared or our ears hurt. Our mom and dad (AKA our portable milk machine and our diaper changer) have ear plugs available if you need them. We are all sitting in 20E and 20F if you want to come by to get a pair. We hope you have a great flight!

If you’ve ever been on a long flight with a crying baby around, you know that it can really get on your nerves. And if you’re a parent, you know that it can be terribly embarassing, especially if people start to throw “those looks” at you.


Some outright hostile, some trying to look understanding (while the annoyance still shows on their face). A simple gesture like this could turn the first flight with your baby from a dreaded experience into something awesome that you’ll remember for the rest of your life – in a good way :)

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