Traveling with kids is fantastic! One adult, three kids, what could go wrong?
Here is the truth. It’s not always glamorous. I present to you the bad and the ugly of traveling with kids.
First, don’t hate me. I do not go around photographing all of my kid’s horrible moments. Ok, well, I guess I do. I photograph every moment, the bad ones included!
You have all seen the beautiful photographs where my kids are having an amazing time on their Italian adventure. I beg you to realize, each one of those photos is but a moment…
Here is a peek behind the scenes!
Even beautiful tigers get tired and cranky…
… grabbing onto their mothers, screaming and crying through a crowd.
My oldest is 13 now. Please tell me that this expression is not permanent for the next 5 years!
If I had a euro for every time someone HAD to be first!
This would be my 5 year old pitching a fit in the middle of the tour.
Luckily, most everyone had moved on into the next room. Everyone, except the guy with the tripod just to the right of the photo, trying to photograph around the 5 year old.
Someone always has to pee.
Then there are the exhibits and that little issue of not touching. How could a kid resist playing the piano on this glorious piece of modern art?
Pressing your face against the exhibit case filled with ancient artifacts- Not cool.
Total museum overload, we all get it.
Even she has her down moments.
It can’t always be about unicorns and rainbows.
This may look like fun, but it isn’t.
I laugh at my pregnant self, thinking these two were going to be 8 1/2 years apart so they would never fight. They are the worst in torturing each other.
Drives me MAD!
There is always that looming issue of safety.
Being on top of a 54 meter tower in San Gimignano is enough to make any mother queasy!
Keep on smiling! I have special Mom-Defense Powers to that teen stare!
Even Tommaso, our host and weekend traveling companion, can get fed up with it!
What I sometimes feel (and look) like by the end of the day.
Why? You ask.
Why would I travel with them if it is this much trouble?
Honestly, these moments are just that, moments. Not only that, but they are the same moments we would have while at home.
Offering my children the opportunity to see that the world is filled with diversity, history, culture, and endless beauty is worth every bit.
This post has been 100% kid-approved!
Do you travel with your kids? What are some of your worst moments? Share them in the comments below!