Why Sara Michelle Gellar is a Brave Woman

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Flying is stressful enough when you are flying by yourself, but flying with kids takes the anxiety to a whole new level. Not only do you have to work your way through the security measures, take off your shoes, worry about the food or formula you need and drag strollers, car seats and diaper bags through the airport, you also have to keep your child occupied while strapped into a seat for hours at a time.

While my children are pretty good fliers, I always have some anxiety over flying with them. When I lived in Kansas and my parents were in Florida, I would travel at least twice a year to visit. Sadly, these trips were made by myself –without my husband — because I would go for several weeks at a time, and my husband could not afford to take the time off. When we first moved to Kansas, I only had two children to handle and flying with them, while stressful, was pretty easy to handle because I have two hands and Grace was young enough to be worn or held during the flight. However, when Collin was born it was me by myself with three kids and I was very outnumbered. I no longer had enough hands and the experience was awful. On our last flight — the major deciding factor in us moving back to Florida — I was stuck with a potty training child, a 1-year old and a 2-year old. It is hard enough squeezing one person in an airplane lavatory, try squeezing four people since I was not leaving one of my children in the seat by themselves while I walked 20 isles away to take a child to the bathroom. That wasn’t even the worst part, dragging them through the airport for the connecting flight and then having to change gates at the last minute was what made me close to tears.

So, when I read about how proud Sarah Michelle Gellar was about taking a trip with her two children by herself all I had to say was “You go girl!” She actually had a great experience saying, “The latest milestone I hit is flying with two children. It was my first flight with both children at the same time, I think that nobody on the flight would complain. I think that they were all very happy. I didn’t poll them afterward, but I was tempted.”

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That was one thing I personally was always proud of though, that my children behaved extremely well on the flights. It would never fail that I would have almost every passenger on the flight give me the evil eye as I boarded with my children. In almost every case though, by the end of the flight at least one person would compliment me and say that they were dreading flying on the same flight as my children but that it was not as bad as they thought. So even though I might have been near tears at the end of a flight, my children weren’t and neither were the other passengers, so I guess I could call all of the flights successful!

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Why Sara Michelle Gellar is a Brave Woman

Heather Montgomery is a freelance writer with a background in Elementary Education and an almost embarrassing need to read celebrity gossip. As a work-at-home mom to three children, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She was married in 2003 and currently resides in Florida. ... More

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  1. Amanda says:

    I personally do not like flying myself because of the stress and anxiety. I dont know how people get it done with kids! Props to them

  2. Brandy says:

    i have flown with my 2 children going from Las Vegas, Nv to Dallas, Tx when one was 3 years and the other 4 months i had no problems we got to bored first and got off first. there was no crying it was like they were never on it many didn’t even know there were children on the plain. My advice is this feed them before you get on the plain take a bathroom visit before you get on the plain have something in the diaper bag for them to do and most of all have a non-stop flight if you can get it then there is no rush to another gate. And try flying at night then the kids can sleep most the way there!

  3. nichole says:

    i could not imagine flying with three kids in those ages groups. i only flew with my daughter once, she was 5 weeks old, and she was perfect on it.

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