Even if you know that your children are going to be a handful during a vacation or short trip, the enjoyment you’ll get from the trip won’t compare to anything else. Seeing the joy on their faces is simply worth it.
But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. There will be crying and running around. There’s also the chance of something going horribly wrong. Here are some mother-tested ways on how to make family activities in Albuquerque less stressful and safer:
1. Temporary tattoos are your friend
If your child is too young to remember details like phone numbers and addresses or even your real name, temporary tattoos or special films that protect writing on your child’s skin are quite nifty. This way, if park personnel or hotel workers find your child wandering, they know whom to call.
2. Everyone gets an extra outfit
That’s right. Even you do! You certainly don’t want to be walking around with spit-up, pee and food stains on your shirt. Pack a dress to save space and a pair of foldable shoes to go with it. Don’t give up space in your bag for your own peace of mind.
3. Set a schedule for peeing and bathroom breaks
Little ones might ask for the bathroom at the most inopportune times. Or they might simply pee where they’re seated. Make bathroom breaks a priority between rides and other family activities.
4. Always hold your child
If you need a leash, then get a leash. While you can’t watch them 24/7, you can at least have them attached to you. Consider babywearing instead of a stroller for fewer things to bring on the trip.
In the end, the quality of your trip completely depends on how your kids act the whole time. So helping them have a good time means less stress for you.