Any advice on travelling with the kids in the no-carry-on-luggage era?

January 6, 2010

We are going to America soon, on a six+ hour flight. And the Canadian transport agency, in its infinate wisdom, hasn’t lifted the no carry-on luggage rule on all flights to the US. And I’m panicking.

Can you imagine eight or more hours (imagine the time from arriving at the airport until the plane lands) with your children with nothing for them to do? They can’t bring carry on luggage, so that means no books, no colouring books, no activity books, no markers, no lego, no toys, no stuffies, and did I mention, no snacks? I as a woman am allowed a small purse, and we can bring a laptop. but that’s it.

My “small” purse will have to contain not just my usual purse stuff (wallet, phone, tissues etc.), but also our three ipods chock full of books on tape for the kids. And our camera, which I won’t put in checked luggage for fear of theft or breakage. And my inhalers (what if the luggage got lost?). And can I fit in a paperback for myself? And one for my son the reader? The battery on our laptop only lasts a couple hours, and there’s no internet on a plane, so it might help a bit but not much.

Apparently I can buy newspapers and books once through security (what a boon for those stores!). And food, unless the strike they announced today by food service workers at the airport is real and ongoing while we fly, not that my airport choices are affordable or very healthy, but it’s better than nothing.

My sole relief is that I believe our flight will have on-board satellite tvs, so the kids will just have to veg out to Teletoon for six hours.

This is completely stressing me out and feeling like an absolute nightmare. I’d welcome any advice or inside information from any parents who have had to deal with this no-carry-on thing already.


Adults reading children's books

July 3, 2009

I just finished reading Twilight, and it made me feel too old to read it. It’s a bit of a shame, really, since I’ve read every Harry Potter book and loved them. I never once felt like the book was aimed at someone other than me when I was reading it. But not so Twilight.

In case you have been living under a rock or don’t know any girls 9-19, Twilight is the first book in a series by Stephanie Meyer aimed at pre-teens and teenaged girls. It’s about a teenaged girl who falls in love with a vampire. There are I think four books so far in her series. And all the girls are reading them, and obsessing over them, and the movies they are making from the books.

I’ve heard Twilight described as the girl’s version of Harry Potter, in that the Harry series got boys reading, and Twilight did the same for girls.

So even though I am not the mother of girls, I decided to see what all the girls were so fussed about. And while I enjoyed the read, I felt it was definately too juvenile for my reading tastes. Too much teenage angst, too much vampire lore.

So I’ve reached the conclusion that I am not a teenage girl. I know it seems incredulous, that I, a 41-yr-old woman, mother of two boys, is not a teenage girl. But like I said, I loved the Harry Potter books, I watch every episode of Degrassi, still enjoy movies featuring young adults, and love most of the books I read to my kids. But I didn’t enjoy this book, so perhaps I should rethink my viewing and reading habits.

Obviously I should only read books aimed at boys, just not girls.