Days out with kids. Sounds fun. But can be incredibly stressful; that’s no secret. How does a family day out turn from good to bad? What exactly can go wrong?
Travelling can be frustrating enough without a child. But throw a child into it and it’s a whole new ball game. These are some reasons as to why our days out turn from good to bad that you might be familiar with.
1) Why didn’t we pack right?
Day trip or holiday, it sucks when you realize you forgot something crucial. You have all of your essentials and you’re pretty sure when you were packing your bag this morning on 4 hours broken sleep and a toddler running around smushing toast into the carpet that you packed everything you needed… you double checked.
But what about TOYS?! Those toys; the ONLY ones that can stop any melt down. Oh god; we left them at home! Now we have to get creative with the old receipts in the bottom of our bags…
Naps for us were never an issue. He could sleep through it all. A loud train, busy restaurant, london underground, bars, pubs, arcades, the scream of kids in a playground… if he was tired; no problem. A nap and he was right as rain once waking up. We would carry on our day. But as soon as he turned a toddler; goodbye naps, hello world. God help us with our overtired, angry, upset baby. I know what he’s thinking, “I don’t want animals, mum, I WANT MY BED!” thing is, son, the bed is at home and right now we are at the zoo which cost an arm and a leg for us in admission price so please just have a nap in pushchair/sling.
Forget scheduled timed events. Your baby will decide that they NEED to nap right when you booked your slot/your activity is on, meaning you came all this way just to watch everyone else have a good time. Oh well, there’s always next time.
3) Everyone is tired and miserable.
The night was a toughie and we have to get up early to get a train to get to XYZ, why did we decide to book tickets at the crack of dawn? Oh, we said because it meant we could get a full day in!
If you’re tired and on your way on a day out, it will haunt you for the rest of the day. You’re tired, baby is tired, everyones tired, the lady on the ticket desk is tired, the staff doing the giraffe feeding time at the zoo your at is tired, why is everyone so tired? Why did we come to the zoo?
This goes onto my next one. We were so tired this morning we forgot to…
4) Bring a picnic.
How do families with more than one child manage to sit there in the picnic room with their fancy tupperware and healthy snacks? They have vegetables, dips and homemade cookies… they’re so organised. I only have 1 baby and we didn’t even manage to bring a bottle of water.
Taking a picnic requires organisation and planning. It’s even more disappointing if it’s a bad picnic. If all you have at home is some dry bread to slap together with some cheese in the fridge and an old bag of salted crisps you found at the back of the cupboard then don’t bother. You’ll only end up having to buy really overpriced cafe food. If you have kids that need eating too means purchasing a kids picnic box which costs nearly £6 for a cheese sandwich and a packet of pom bears, when we could have just brought a picnic.
If you’ve managed half a picnic, you’re nearly there to being a organised picnic parent. Half a picnic is packing snacks for your child but nothing for you, so your lunch consists of organix sweetcorn rings.
5) Phone’s dead.
This is perhaps the worst of all. My phone is dead! and I can’t take 35 photos of my baby to upload on facebook for everyone to see. You can just never charge your phone enough.
6) It is closed.
This is a major disappointment! Whether it’s a zoo enclosure, the closing times have changed and you get there to only discover you have half a day as opposed to a full day, or a museum is doing refurbishment; it sucks when this happens. I went to gullivers kingdom in december for a special “christmas spectacular event” and most of the park was closed. It was such a let down and disappointed everyone. What you can do is check the website/social media of the destination before you go, but that also takes time and organisation. Which, as tired parents, we just don’t have.
Tantrums about snacks, tantrums about sleep, tantrums on the train, on the bus, in the queue for the zoo, at the farm. Just, tantrums. Sound familiar? Just remember, you’re not alone!:
What happens on your days out that stresses you out? Do you have any tips?