Thursday, 20 March 2014
Slice of Life 29
Like most parents, Pat and I generally aspire to do the best for our child. We worry about what she eats and how much she sleeps. We read to her, play with her, and try to stimulate her imagination and creativity as much as we can. However, when we are on an airplane, any effort to do right by our daughter goes right out the proverbial window. Instead, our concern shifts from Millie's well-being to that of the hundreds of passengers doomed to spend the duration of the flight with our two-year old. So, what is our strategy for happy flying? Bribery. That's right, we bribe our child from the second we board the aircraft until the second we deplane. Our favorite tool? The iPad. In fact, we go so far as to download new movies and games for her to explore while we are on the plane. On the flight back from Oz, we shamelessly allowed Millie to have the iPad for 4 solid hours. No joke. Here's the thing, when I looked around the plane I noted every other parent had the same idea. Nearly every child was plugged in, and, truthfully, so were most of the adults! Happy flying, one and all!