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Walking Instead of Resting

You Know You're A Mother When: Walking Instead of Resting

I was chatting with a friend the other night, when she recounted her most recent toddler travel story with me and had me in hysterics. Her two-year-old son was obsessed with trains and everything Thomas related, so rather than fly to visit her parents, she took him on his first train ride. To prepare for the three and a half hour ride, she packed coloring books, magnetic games, a few new books and enough snacks to feed all of the passengers in her car.

At first, her son was mesmerized by everything on the train — the doors that slid open and shut, the conductor coming by to claim the tickets, the whir of the engine, etc. But after 45 minutes, he had had enough. He wanted to run up and down the aisles, press the buttons on the doors and explore. That's when she realized the generally relaxing train ride — that was supposed to help alleviate the stress of the airline terminal with its security line and beverage restrictions — would not be as picturesque as she had envisioned. She and her husband spent the next two hours walking from one end of the train to the other as their son did not sit down for even a minute By the time they arrived at the station, she handed her son over to her parents and told them she needed a nap since she had gotten plenty of exercise!


roxtarchic roxtarchic 9 years
wow.... we just booked our first plane trip to florida... i guess i should really request a list of ideas/suggestions from everyone on how to keep a one year old occuppied and keep us as stress free as possible. i've already decided to buy a packnplay & ship it to our destination cause i'm soooo not lugging ours (and he sleeps well in the packnplay)... he doesnt watch tv yet (we dont have one in the living room so he doesnt know what he's missing), so the portable dvd suggestion may be a great idea. any other suggestions?
Greggie Greggie 9 years
We have a DVD player in the car for the 5-hour trips to Phoenix. We also occasionally use it to keep them awake when we're coming home from my in-laws. It's the best thing we've ever purchased for car time.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 9 years
Sarana you took the words out of my mouth! even though its for a bit longer i'd feel more comfortable with them running on the train! I feel bad for her...such a sweet idea! My secret weapon for anything now is video games. we went to Arizona last month which is almost 6 whole hours...instead of the usual coloring books and new toys that will just fall everywhere on the plane I bought them the leapster...and a few extra batteries. Its the best thing i've ever bought. on the way back home we them two new games. My husband still says its the best idea i've ever had.
Sarana Sarana 9 years
But wouldn't it be the same on a plane, only with even less room to move? I think it would be better to walk to the other end of the train than to walk up and down the same cramped aisle of a plane.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
Rinne, I love your daughters' names.
Rinne Rinne 9 years
We've done the same thing. When our car was in the shop after the accident we rode the train a lot and our kids loved walking from one end to the other. Only thing was that Adelaide absolutely hated walking where the cars meet, and had to be carried over those parts. This was further complicated by the fact that Evangeline and Genevieve INSISTED on running the entire length of each car ahead of us, and Addie would try to keep up. Wrangling the lot of them was one tough chore, but I'm with matthews mom, that is what being a mother is.
psterling psterling 9 years
Oh man, I'm sure it wasn't a picnic for the other passengers as well! Thoughtful idea though!
matthews-mom matthews-mom 9 years
Exactly what my 2 year old would do also...and I would do exactly what your friend did. That is being a mother...
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