The things you are saying and the subtext are unbelievable. Just because you want to take your 2 year old on holiday does not make it the right thing to do. Just because I don’t want to hear them squalling when their eardrums burst does not make it the wrong thing either…although deliberatley putting your child in a painful situation for your own pleasure could spawn an episode or two of Gerry Springer I’m sure.[/quote]
I am no more deliberately putting her in a painful situation, than i do any time she goes on a bus, in a car or any other moving transport.
[quote=“Edgar Allen”]Lets accept that there are some situations in which children cannot avoid traveling. We all know that this is not the only time that children travel as there are far too many kids on planes for this to be the case. The choice to be a parent is a serious one, the way that you enact with others outside the family group will affect how your children in turn react with others.
I believe from some of your posts that your children are well behaved, well mannered etc. and commend you for this. The thread was not designed to enrage you personally I am sure, but you must realise every time you travel you and your family are in danger of either upsetting other passengers or indeed being upset by them. The clear divide illustrated in the poll makes this almost a given.[/quote]
Indeed, over the many years i have been flying, i have been upset by the children of others, but i also accept that travel not only sometimes is a must, but is also good for the child.
DM points out that he has learnt a great deal from his experiences, and by going to other countries at a time when the child is like a sponge soaking up all the world has to offer, is also beneficial for their growth.
Our greatest responsibility as a parent is to give them a proper upbringing that instills correct ways and values of living. An element within that, is the acceptance of others, including the often very different attitudes and ways of doing things. By allowing kids to travel, gives them exactly that
BTW, at what age do you believe that kids should be allowed to fly?