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Old 10-14-2013, 12:42 PM   #85
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We find traveling with a little one to be no harder than staying at home with one!

Agreed for one kid - we traveled extensively with #1 and also didn't think it was a big deal - but two and more change the equation.

Up here the camping season is drawing to a close and while I am sad to put our trailer into storage for the winter, I am also somewhat relieved that the twins will be six months older next time we'll take her out. We managed to get a couple of great trips in this summer, but it has been challenging at times with three young kids. At home, if one of them has a bad night teething we can spread them out, in a trailer if one is awake, they're all awake.

Travel time in particular had to be carefully managed, anything more than three hours pretty much guaranteed multiple meltdowns. Not impossible of course, especially with an Airstream. We just took rural highways and whenever we needed a break we just found a scenic spot, pulled over and had a snack, a snooze and let the kids run for a while.

One kid is easy, as it leaves one adult free to do adult things - prep dinner, a quick cleanup, laundry. Two are more challenging and have three and they outnumber you, which pushes the chores into the space where they either sleep or play without needing attention or killing each other.
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Even when older, three can be a challenge. There is five years between the youngest (1975) and oldest (1970). One evening when the oldest was about 12, we were at a restaurant we frequented regularly and had ordered dinner. The kid's behavior got to the point that my former wife took them home without dinner and I paid the waitress for a meal no one ate. We did follow through on our threats of punishment, no matter where we were.

Folks used to come up to us and say, "Your kids are well behaved!" We would reply that they knew what happened if they misbehaved....

Times are different today and many kids behavior reflects a lack of loving guidance and direction tempered with discipline and boundaries.
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About ten years ago, when my wife and I had just met, we took an old ex British Army Land Rover across the Pyrenees from France to Spain, far off the beaten track.

We spent a couple of nights in an old mountain village on the French site, where we found a small restaurant where the daughter did the cooking and mom looked after the front of house and where we were being advanced from being perfect strangers to long lost members of the family within a day or two.

Every night, we observed a number of families eat there, with kids as young as three and under being expected to behave in a respectful fashion. There was no running around, no screaming, no fighting. It really impressed me, at the time.

Today, my own three year old knows what's expected from him when we go out to eat. It doesn't always work out, but like you, we always follow through, even it that means, rarely, that we have dinner packed up to take with us.
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We have 2 kids - if #3 shows up my urologist will get an angry phone call!!!
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We have 2 kids - if #3 shows up my urologist will get an angry phone call!!!
Don't kid (hah). Happened to a friend of mine.
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