#Giveaway Tips for Holiday Travel with Children ($50 Amazon Gift Code)

Traveling children can be terrific, but also exhausting for everyone involved. Here are some tips to keep children calm and happy during their travels.

Infants: Make sure you pack items to keep the infant on her schedule. If flying, make sure you have enough liquids for her to bottle-feed, or allow her to breast-feed, during take off and landing. The pressure changes at these stages of flight affect infants’ ears. Breast- or bottle-feeding during take off and landing will help keep their ears clear. With older infants, be sure to pack enough food and snacks to get them through the flight, accounting for possible delays. Try to mimic the sleeping environment at home. Bring along favorite blankets and crib toys so they have familiar objects. Make a packing list for each child to help remember the important items to pack.

Toddlers: Talk to your toddler before and during the trip, explaining what is happening and what will happen next. Most young children have no concept of time increments, and will have no idea how long they will be away from home. Before you leave, show them pictures of where the family is going, what you will do while there, and how you will travel to and back from your destination. If possible, try to keep the same schedule for naps, bath and bedtime. Allow for a few days for the toddler to adjust to the new environment. Remember, sleeping in a new place is scary for toddlers and young children, so bringing a nightlight, special music and special toys will help them become more at ease.

Children: Make sure to bring plenty of toys, books and games that will entertain the children in the car, train or airplane, as it is difficult for children to sit quietly for long periods of time. Bring DVDs, CDs, books and, if possible, go to the dollar store to purchase travel toys or take some toys away to be brought out again for the trip so they will seem interesting. Make sure to slowly introduce games or books one at a time, spacing the items to last through the journey. Arts and crafts are terrific for children, as are certain small action figures. If you are taking a long flight or train ride, walk around as much as possible before you depart, then walk the child down the aisle frequently to help expend energy.

As with toddlers, make sure to explain where the family is going, for how long, and what will happen during your time away. Draw pictures with them that tell a story  to prepare them for what your destination will look like and what you will do once you get there. Sometimes children feel tired or bored during travel and will act out more often. Check in often; ask how they are doing and what they like or dislike during the trip. Also, have plenty of snacks. Packing each child a small bag with snacks and items to keep them busy will help them through the hours of sitting.

Teens: Try to involve your teens in the travel plans. Ask them places they would like to go and why. If their ideas seem plausible, have them research the destination. Show them how to book travel–from finding lodging, to booking tickets, to arranging transportation and so on. Make them part of the process to help teens learn what is involved in arranging travel plans. If age appropriate, allow teens some freedom during the trip. Try to find activities they will learn from, but also enjoy.

Family vacations are a wonderful way for families to bond and enjoy time together. A little planning ahead goes a long way toward everyone’s good time.


Tammy Gold is a licensed therapist, certified parent coach as well as a national parenting expert who regularly appears on outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Fox and CBS News. She also writes for items such as the Huffington Post and The Bump.com. Tammy has been working with parents for over a decade and her book Secrets of the Nanny Whisperer is the first time a therapist merges aspects of psychology into finding and achieving high level childcare.


By Tammy Gold, LCSW, MSW, CEC

Right now you can purchase Tammy Gold’s book, Secret’s of the Nanny Whisperer for just $16, and to help celebrate the sale of her book, Tammy would like to give one of my amazing readers a $50 Amazon Gift Code!!

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131 Comments

  1. Abby
    February 10, 2015 / 2:37 am

    Because it talks about things that are of interest to me, seems like a great book!

  2. Janet W.
    February 10, 2015 / 10:33 am

    This would be a good read for me because I take care of my two young grandsons so this would be helpful!

  3. Fiddlin' Dandi
    February 10, 2015 / 12:46 pm

    I babysit my niece full time, so this would be a great book to read!

  4. Lisa Brown
    February 10, 2015 / 12:51 pm

    it wold be informative and educational for baby sitting and the care of children in general.

  5. 618mom
    February 10, 2015 / 1:35 pm

    My MIL would love this! She baby sits.

  6. Anonymous
    February 10, 2015 / 1:46 pm

    it would help to provide insight when i babysit my niece and nephew

  7. CindyWindy2003
    February 10, 2015 / 2:33 pm

    I don't have kids but I am planning on it and one of the things I struggle with is the fact I would have to go back to work and how will I find and know who to entrust the care of the baby too. I think this book would provide some answers.

  8. GabbyLowe
    February 10, 2015 / 3:06 pm

    I have four kids so I need all the help I can get (Laura DeLuca)

  9. Thomas Murphy
    February 10, 2015 / 4:46 pm

    It would be good for me because I can always learn new things about being a good parent. rounder9834 @yahoo.com

  10. nancy chipriano
    February 10, 2015 / 5:05 pm

    This would be a good book for me to read because besides caring for my own 2 kids, I babysit for an infant.

  11. DEBIJOT
    February 10, 2015 / 5:23 pm

    This would be a good book for me because I do babysit the grandsons occasionally.

  12. steve weber
    February 10, 2015 / 7:06 pm

    This would be a good book to help me become a better uncle.

  13. Kristen
    February 10, 2015 / 9:05 pm

    This would make a good gift for a friend who has twins.

  14. HS
    February 11, 2015 / 12:42 am

    This will be helpful for me to raise my kids, I could use all the help I could get.

  15. D Schmidt mummytotwoboys
    February 11, 2015 / 2:47 am

    It would be useful to me because I am considering going back to work.

  16. JLin Mei
    February 11, 2015 / 8:53 pm

    Im a parent so is good know more about how to take care kids!

  17. Denise B
    February 11, 2015 / 11:01 pm

    Any additional parenting help is always good!

  18. stephland3
    February 12, 2015 / 3:21 am

    As a mother of 4 this book seems perfect for me.

  19. Kris
    February 13, 2015 / 12:27 am

    I think I would like this book; I'm a mother and I like to read anything positive!

  20. Seyma Bennett Shabbir
    February 13, 2015 / 3:34 am

    I have 2 sons and I would love to know what to look for in a nanny!

  21. slehan
    February 13, 2015 / 4:45 am

    This would be a present for my friends who travel with their kids a lot.Thanks for the contest.slehan at juno dot com

  22. Xty C
    February 14, 2015 / 6:07 pm

    I am currently taking care of a friends baby… so this will be really helpful.

  23. roseimmortelle
    February 15, 2015 / 12:57 am

    seems to be good to read about other's perspectives on bbs 🙂

  24. Amanda
    February 15, 2015 / 1:06 am

    It seems like it would be interesting to me

  25. Barbara Montag
    February 15, 2015 / 3:44 pm

    This would be a good book for me because it's about child care which you do not see often.thank you

  26. slehan
    February 15, 2015 / 11:11 pm

    subscribe email: slehan at myway dot com (your link doesn't work in the form)

  27. Linda Bradshaw
    February 16, 2015 / 2:25 am

    I think this would be good for my step daughter who has 2 children. She would enjoy it.

  28. Michelle
    February 16, 2015 / 3:38 pm

    I have three kids, so I'm always looking for good parenting information.

  29. Sarah Hayes
    February 17, 2015 / 8:55 pm

    it would be a nice read since Im a mom.

  30. Andrea DiMario
    February 18, 2015 / 3:31 am

    it would be great since I have a three year old

  31. Angela snoozy
    February 18, 2015 / 7:22 pm

    I feel that this book is a good read for me because it would give me insight on how to be a better parent & aunt!andysavi.mom@gmail.com

  32. Rebecca Parsons
    February 21, 2015 / 6:42 am

    I think this book would give an insight on different approaches to baby and child care than you wouldn't have necessarily thought of.

  33. Brittany Steuart
    February 21, 2015 / 8:37 am

    It would be helpful to me because i have two little ones.

  34. Anonymous
    February 21, 2015 / 7:20 pm

    This would be a good read for when I have to go back to work. I am nervous about finding the right care.Carly D.

  35. tannawings
    February 21, 2015 / 10:12 pm

    This would be a great read because I was a nanny years and years ago before going into the school system I think it would be interesting.

  36. Kelly F
    February 23, 2015 / 4:31 am

    I am always looking for a great parenting read- I will have to pick up a copy- looks like a great book!

  37. Justin Faber
    February 23, 2015 / 4:34 am

    I like to read anything so it'll be great for me

  38. Ken Ohl
    February 23, 2015 / 10:12 am

    love to use this to take care of my little niece correctly. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

  39. Erika Lee
    February 24, 2015 / 7:25 am

    Sounds like a lot of good information, all in one place! A lot of good stuff for a new mommy to read!

  40. Jose Benavides
    February 24, 2015 / 7:26 am

    I would help me with raising my children .

  41. agordon10
    February 24, 2015 / 10:48 am

    offers some good points of view on child raising

  42. peg42
    February 24, 2015 / 12:00 pm

    It would be good for me because it would give me tips of being a better parent.

  43. April
    February 24, 2015 / 12:51 pm

    It would help me be a better parent.

  44. Sandy Klocinski
    February 24, 2015 / 1:20 pm

    Secrets of the Nanny Whisperer is a good resource if you are looking for a part-time, full-time or live-in nanny. Great book even if you do not have a nanny. All parents need information like this to better understand childcare.

  45. Natalie
    February 24, 2015 / 2:40 pm

    This book would truly give my brother some guidance because he just had his first baby!

  46. RICHARD HICKS
    February 24, 2015 / 3:00 pm

    It would be a good read because every parent needs to learn as they go

  47. nickieisis3
    February 24, 2015 / 4:51 pm

    This would be great, because I babysit my nieces and nephews often.

  48. Anonymous
    February 24, 2015 / 8:52 pm

    There are so many places where you can go to find out about nannies and you never know who to trust. This would be great because it would be a good reliable source to learn all you need to knowjmcharries@cox.net

  49. guettel78
    February 24, 2015 / 9:37 pm

    This would be a perfect read for my friend Barb, who just had her first child with her husband and is having some first-time-parent jitters!Geoff Kgkaufmanss at yahoo dot com

  50. PAIGE
    February 24, 2015 / 9:38 pm

    Our family is considering hiring a nanny. We need to know!

  51. Jodi Kershuk
    February 25, 2015 / 2:06 am

    This book would be great for me because I have 2 small children.

  52. Deborah Wellenstein
    February 25, 2015 / 2:38 am

    This would help me immeasurably with my grandchildren.

  53. TheresaJenkins
    February 25, 2015 / 5:41 pm

    because I'm grandma nanny to our 5 grandkids … they all come daily to our home around 6 in the morning and stay till after work between 5 & 6:00

  54. bbrittbrat1398
    February 26, 2015 / 4:41 am

    I would like some tips for babysitting my niece.Brittney House

  55. Mary Calabrese
    February 26, 2015 / 6:58 pm

    I'm going to be a grandma in the fall, so I'd better brush up on all of the secrets!

  56. Kim
    February 26, 2015 / 11:54 pm

    We will be having our first child and I want to make sure I am fully prepared to be the best mom I can be! addictedtorodeo at gmail dot comAshley C

  57. Beth R
    February 27, 2015 / 6:35 pm

    This would be good for me since I am mom. Definitely sounds like a great book

  58. Enrique Herrera
    February 27, 2015 / 6:39 pm

    The fact that it's an Amazon best seller, means Tammy knows her stuff! I love checking out informative reads! 😀

  59. Crystal Sell
    February 27, 2015 / 9:33 pm

    Because it talks about what is important to me and finding the best!

  60. lisagee1234
    February 28, 2015 / 12:02 am

    Good ideas for family vacations in the summertime. This would be good to read for anyone with kids.

  61. Ingrid
    February 28, 2015 / 6:56 pm

    After helping with grandchildren over 22 years and now I have a great grandson that I babysit for a great deal, I need this book!

  62. Dawn Monroe
    February 28, 2015 / 10:41 pm

    It would help me because I am hard on my kids and don't want to be the disciplinary with my grand kids.

  63. Laurie Nykaza
    March 1, 2015 / 8:42 am

    Sounds like a wonderful book to read and share it with my niece she could use the information too.

  64. stowelljg
    March 1, 2015 / 3:23 pm

    Ah, if only the mysteries of a baby were truly known and understood! Knowing the "Secrets of the Nanny Whisperer" would help to understand what your baby is trying to tell you.

  65. CindyWindy2003
    March 2, 2015 / 2:10 pm

    Button found on cindywindylovesblogsnfrogs.blogspot.com.

  66. Jennifer Lleras
    March 2, 2015 / 8:56 pm

    because I watch kids for my family and friends all the time and im sure she has great nanny style tips for me!

  67. sandyhills x
    March 3, 2015 / 2:09 am

    Great for a pre-parent or pre-nanny to get a better understanding on what to do

  68. kyl neusch
    March 4, 2015 / 1:24 am

    for family vacations in the summertime

  69. tina reynolds
    March 5, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    It would help i am raising three

  70. SexyBrat
    March 6, 2015 / 4:39 am

    I think this book would be good for my daughter as she does babysitting.

  71. sohamolina
    March 7, 2015 / 6:33 pm

    I think it would have a lot of good tips for child rearing.

  72. Ashley
    March 7, 2015 / 9:00 pm

    I believe I could glean a few useful parenting tips from this book.

  73. Hotsnotty2
    March 8, 2015 / 4:48 am

    I would like to read this because it sounds very interesting and Id like to learn about it.

  74. Leela
    March 8, 2015 / 7:43 am

    It sounds very informative.

  75. Jerry Marquardt
    March 8, 2015 / 7:57 pm

    Because it steers you to good advice with instructions on how nanny in real advisory terms.

  76. Laura Schrillo
    March 8, 2015 / 9:40 pm

    seems like an educational book

  77. Karen Drake
    March 9, 2015 / 1:30 pm

    My kids are grown but I have three grandchildren and we take care of them a lot and would love to have some advise and guidance.

  78. Anonymous
    March 9, 2015 / 9:56 pm

    I think it'd be great for babysitting.

  79. Bakersdozen
    March 10, 2015 / 2:07 am

    This book would encourage me in my parenting.

  80. Kristina
    March 10, 2015 / 3:47 am

    This would be a great gift for several new moms I know.

  81. Melissa
    March 10, 2015 / 12:11 pm

    this book would help me with it's tips and having fun with my family!

  82. sarah050
    March 10, 2015 / 5:45 pm

    Being a mommy of a two year old, with one on the way, I could use some advice!

  83. Jenny
    March 10, 2015 / 7:05 pm

    I would love to give this as a gift to my friend who is becoming a mom for the first time in less than a month.

  84. Daniel M
    March 10, 2015 / 9:48 pm

    would help me keep them occupied – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  85. Rachel S.
    March 11, 2015 / 1:23 am

    It would be a good book to read because it would help me be a better caregiver

  86. Kelly Nicholson
    March 11, 2015 / 2:16 am

    Tell me why Tammy's book would be a good read for you. Tammy Gold i dont have kids..probably nothing for me..interesting maybe

  87. Kortney Lah
    March 11, 2015 / 3:46 am

    I want to give it to my brother for his baby momma.

  88. aaron shapiro
    March 11, 2015 / 6:18 am

    Not for me but my cousin! She has three boys and just had a little girl. I know she would love this!

  89. Anonymous
    March 11, 2015 / 2:50 pm

    Big Earl's Mom would find this intriguing!theyyyguy@yahoo.com

  90. Tara
    March 11, 2015 / 3:09 pm

    This would be great for my friend who is a first time mom!

  91. Michelle
    March 11, 2015 / 5:09 pm

    Im expecting for the first time this August I need all the help I can get

  92. kathy pease
    March 11, 2015 / 5:15 pm

    This would not apply to me, my kids are grown but my daughter is getting married and this would be a good read for her when she has her first child.

  93. latishajean
    March 11, 2015 / 6:35 pm

    I have a friend who is a mom would love this book!

  94. Kristin Duncan
    March 11, 2015 / 7:08 pm

    I'd find this book useful because I have two kids.

  95. Julieh
    March 11, 2015 / 8:10 pm

    This would be a great book for me because I'm raising little ones

  96. Jackie Burns
    March 11, 2015 / 8:59 pm

    This would be so helpful. I hate traveling, don't mind when I get there, but all the craziness involved could be reduced with great ideas from this book.

  97. Christine Treece
    March 11, 2015 / 9:50 pm

    I have a very active LO and this would be a great read!

  98. susan1215
    March 11, 2015 / 11:03 pm

    It would be good for me because I always love learning new things about being a good parent

  99. Lisa Voyce
    March 11, 2015 / 11:35 pm

    It's been a long time since my daughter was young and I just became a 1st time grandmom…so I'm sure there are things I need a refresher on and learn about of the new practices.

  100. dvice12
    March 12, 2015 / 12:31 am

    It sound like it would have good advice for our family

  101. amy16323
    March 12, 2015 / 12:51 am

    this would be great because i have three children.sounds like a good book !!

  102. Erica C.
    March 12, 2015 / 1:35 am

    Can always use some parenting help.

  103. DistractedMommy
    March 12, 2015 / 2:35 am

    I like reading about advice! I'm a mom of two kids and new ideas are a great help!

  104. Will M
    March 12, 2015 / 2:36 am

    This would be great to help with my little monsters, advice is always welcomed!

  105. shirley
    March 12, 2015 / 3:47 am

    I always look for info and advice for caring for kids.

  106. Trisha McKee
    March 12, 2015 / 4:13 am

    I would love to learn anything I can and get some sound advice.

  107. jennmomlucky3
    March 12, 2015 / 4:24 am

    I am a mother of 4 abd love reading new books on parenting ideas 🙂

  108. Danalee
    March 12, 2015 / 5:07 am

    I have 3 children, so this book is perfect for me.

  109. Clair Freebie
    March 12, 2015 / 6:25 am

    It's a must read for anyone with kids! Childcare is needed by almost everyone and the more information you can get the better!

  110. Jennifer Herman
    March 12, 2015 / 7:15 am

    I think books with tips are always great!

  111. Shea =)
    March 12, 2015 / 9:28 am

    It seems like a great book! I used to do daycare work and keep kids in my home, this would be a good read, esp with the tips now that I have stepkids =)

  112. dsja761
    March 12, 2015 / 10:01 am

    When you become a parent no one gives you an instruction manual. Advice from friends, relatives and good reads like this book are how you form your own opinion on how to raise your children.

  113. MELINA
    March 12, 2015 / 12:17 pm

    Tammy's book would be a good read because I have young children and would help me with them.

  114. clynsg
    March 12, 2015 / 2:02 pm

    I would give it to my granddaughter, who needs some help with her children!

  115. LaurKnotter
    March 12, 2015 / 3:14 pm

    This book looks amazing! I can use any secrets I can get to deal with my cute little gremlins.

  116. Tonya D
    March 12, 2015 / 5:57 pm

    Because it talks about the development of kids and it gives alot of helpful advice.

  117. ladyvon5845
    March 12, 2015 / 6:13 pm

    A good read because things have changed quite a bit since my children were young and this would get me up to speed where my daughter is coming from with her children.

  118. Michelle D
    March 12, 2015 / 6:26 pm

    It would be good for me because I love children and babysit a lot!

  119. Melanie Montgomery
    March 12, 2015 / 7:14 pm

    I am expecting my first, and I could use all the books on parenting I can get.

  120. Melanie Montgomery
    March 12, 2015 / 7:14 pm

    I am expecting my first, and I could use all the books on parenting I can get.

  121. krystal wethington
    March 12, 2015 / 8:21 pm

    I could use some tips and advice.

  122. Positive Buzz
    March 12, 2015 / 8:40 pm

    I watch my nephew and could use some tips

  123. Donna Jacoby
    March 12, 2015 / 10:24 pm

    This book would be perfect for a friend of mine. She just had her first baby and they enjoyed travelling before. This would help her accommodate the new family member on the trips. Thank you for the giveaway!

  124. Yakamo3x3
    March 12, 2015 / 11:17 pm

    It would be a good fit for me because I take care of children. My own and others.

  125. lilyk
    March 12, 2015 / 11:53 pm

    Tammy's book would be a good read because it looks very informative!

  126. Susan Climan
    March 13, 2015 / 12:23 am

    I'm expecting my first child so any advice I can get is great! sleveene@hotmail.com

  127. Carolyn Daley
    March 13, 2015 / 1:24 am

    The book would be great because I am not a parent, but I could always use advice and tips for babysitting my little nephew. He will be 18 months in about two weeks.

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