It’s tempting to plug kids into electronic devices that keep them quietly entertained, but my kids regularly hear this message: “I’d rather you fight than be disconnected from each other.” While I hold to that philosophy, it’s a lot to ask of neighboring strangers on a seven-hour flight.
We travel to build stronger relationships with one another. We travel to help our children appreciate different landscapes and cultures. We travel to learn. All of these travel goals are hard to accomplish when children are focused on devices. So bring one family-owned electronic device (like an iPad or a Kindle), but use it to reward good behavior and make them share. Adults who don’t have good behavior or know how to share make for pretty miserable travel companions, don’t you think? Use these early years to rear kind, compassionate adults—adults who will connect with the people around them, instead of staring blankly into a screen.
Post originally submitted as part of a series with Andrew Harper.