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Do You Ever Regret Leaving Your Children? Mid-Air Storm Makes This Mom Rethink Travel

There's a sudden storm over the Atlanta airport, so our plane is patiently circling. The pilot says it shouldn't be more than an extra 15 or 20 minutes. He comes back over the intercom 20 minutes later to say the storm isn't moving. Other planes a...There's a terror that builds up inside me when I think about leaving my children prematurely, no matter the reason.

Baby Born Over Atlantic

Crossing the Atlantic by plane is pretty quick compared to other methods, but the eight-hour flight from Amsterdam to Boston wasn't quick enough for one little Canadian. She apparently couldn't wait for the plane to land and her mother, a Ugandan wom...

No pre-boarding for families

Once upon a time, families traveling with small children got to board first, to give them time to get their little ones settled in, put away their luggage, toys, and snacks, and do whatever else they needed to do, without blocking the rest of the pas...

Should airplanes have a kid's section?

(Click the photo to see 5 essential travel tips for kids on planes) These days, traveling by air can be an extreme test of patience and restraint. Herded like cattle and crammed into tiny seats, most of us suffer quietly and try to make the best ...

Tips on a plane

My reality dictates that I must travel with Nolan in a plane at least once every two months. It's only a short flight we must take -- less than an hour -- but nonetheless, about a week before the bi-monthly trip, I start stressing out, just a little....

Airplane tactics for toddlers

Tomorrow, Wito and I will be traveling halfway across the country without my husband in tow. Wito is a seasoned air traveler- tomorrow's flight will be his 26th in the past 16 months. He has done very well on planes in the past, but toddlerhood bring...

Southwest Airlines ditches family pre-boarding

My husband and I enjoy traveling, and becoming parents hasn't changed our feelings towards air travel. In fact, my 13-month-old son has flown over 20 times. I never really had a favorite airline before the birth of my son, but in the past year we hav...

Airline loses 7-year-old, luggage arrives safely

For a company who's slogan is: "Because Owners Care," WestJet is certainly do an awful job of looking after what customers actually care about. Like their kids, for instance. According to this father's website, his 7-year-old son, William, was fly...

7-year-old on TSA's "no fly" list of suspected terrorists

Somewhere there's a Michael Martin that -- at least according to the TSA -- would pose a security threat if he boarded an aircraft. But it's not this kid. This Michael Martin is 7-years-old. He is 3 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 55 lbs. He looks ...

Flying the unfriendly skies

I know there are always at least two sides to every story, but this one seems pretty bad no matter which side you look at it from. Tamera Jo Freeman had a little too much to drink on a flight heading out of San Francisco and ended up being arrested w...

Not happy to see Mommy?

My pulse started racing somewhere over Saskatchewan, I think. My 6:20 AM flight had been canceled at the last possible second by a mind-numbingly infuriating Air Canada, and as a result I was several hours late to arrive home to see my baby. My baby,...

A solution to parenting in a public washroom

I am traveling solo with Nolan over the holidays, and already I am dreading the inevitable public washroom dilemma. Inevitably, at the end of the plane ride, after wrangling with a squirmy toddler for two hours, I am in frantic need for a washroom. A...

What would Jen do? Taking your 14-month-old on an international flight

Hello, and welcome back to What would Jen do? This week we have a question from a reader who is also named Jen. She wrote: This isn't really a tip, but a plea for help! I am travelling with my 14month old son on Saturday to the US (7hrs, Heathrow to ...

Baby Equipment Rental

My parents live in another city, about an hour's flight away.  So Nolan has been on a plane eight times now, with his ninth trip coming up at the end of this month.  Airplane travel can be pretty stressful with a baby.  Between haulin...

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