My two have been flying since they were 4 and like it a lot more than I do. I'll never forget their first flight - stewardess handed my son chips and a soda and he looked at me like REALLY? ALL FOR ME?? I hate flying. I hate going up, coming down, the cramped seats, the light leaking around the shade at the window, no place to lay down, only moderately edible food, stale air, stranger's elbows. I'm a flight Scrooge. My kids barely notice. I mean, seat-back video and music and soda and what's not to like? They think flying is coooooooool. I've offered to entertain or hold strangers babies on more than one occasion - and they've let me. But not every kid can be mollified, granted. The stewardesses do what they can, and they do a lot. God bless 'em.When you retire you can move into a kid-free old folks village but until then you're probably stuck with 'em....take noise-blocking headphones, ear plugs or listen to whatever tunes the airline is piping in...you know, they should add an ocean-wave channel or something like that, some white-noise thing you could put on full blast.I admit it's sneaky but my Itouch includes a few simple games (Bejewelled is something a 3-year-old can master) and cartoons and I've been known to hand it to a little one with a marshmallow ear-bud and enjoy the silence...and the moms let me. I don't fight fair, but oh well....(my i-touch has a leather case and wouldn't get hurt even if dropped)I'm not only prepared to deal with my own kids, sometimes also with other people's...
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