5 tips to prevent family trips ending in a pout
Maybe because a pizza wasn't sliced just right, because a stick was thrown away too soon, or maybe just because you went past a kiosk (past! What were you thinking!). But anyway: Have fun!
Tip #1: Make plans. Yes, planning is fussy, boring and unadventurous, but it's essential, especially for small children. Which doesn't mean that you shouldn’t change plan A if on the spur of the moment, plan B turns out to be better – but plan A should be in place before you leave the house. Why? Because children who have spent two days enjoying an adventure playground won’t understand why it’s closed today. And most of all, why nobody googled it first.
Tip #2: Communication. Tell your children what to expect, and what not to. Kids will hardly be able to hide their disappointment about the Rothko exhibition if they've been expecting trampolines and gummy bears. And be careful with the word “surprise”. Kids will expect a flying unicorn that farts candy. In that case, as a parent, you just can't win.
Tip #3: Junk food. “Speak softly, and always carry enough candy” – to paraphrase Theodore Roosevelt, whose approach to foreign policy also applies well to your own, domestic one. A well-timed gummy bear can prevent epic temper tantrums or get the diplomatic ball rolling during tricky negotiations (“yes, we are getting on this tram now!”). Fun fact: Teddy Roosevelt had six kids. One of them called Kermit. No kidding.