Travelling with Kids and Dealing with the Dreaded Question

October 29, 2017

If you are a parent who often travel with kids, you would wish that every flight lasted for just 30 minutes. But sadly, that is not possible. Travelling with kids, even if it is once in a life time, gives every parent headache.

 

A research done by Emirates has revealed that young flyers will take just 49 minutes and 47 seconds to ask their parents or guardains the dreaded question: ‘’Are we nearly there yet?’’.

 

So with parents battling the boredom threshold, Emirates has teamed up with Dr Sandi Mann, a psychologist and boredom specialist at the University of Central Lancashire to find a solution.

 

Dr Mann has worked with the airline to create the Child Boredom Quotient (CBQ), helping parents identify the exact moment their kids will get bored so they can enjoy stress-free travel.

 

The study of more than 2,000 UK parents of under 12s alongside observations of children during their playtime helped Dr Sandi Mann categorize activities into Active, Passive, Interactive, Creative or Sensory to formulate the CBQ, and ultimately help parents mix the perfect blend of activities to catch boredom before it sets in.

 

Passive includes watching films, listening to music, Active incldes walking up and down the aisle, playing with a pack of cards, Creative includes drawing, colouring books, Sensory includes refreshments, while Interactive includes reading a storybook, chatting.

 

The findings show that 64% of parents worry about entertaining their children and 43% express concern about their children disturbing other passengers. It also shows that kids aged 3-4 are the most volatile.

 

According to the research, 41% of parents resort to bribing their children with  snacks such as sweets, chocolate and crisps in exchange for good behaviour whilst on a flight. 

 

Other tried and tested methods of distraction for parents include employing electronic devices (33%) even if they’re not allowed at home, handing out new toys (27%) to keep their tots happy or trying to tire out their children by running around the airport before boarding (16%).

 

However, it’s not just bribery that parents resort to when travelling with their children on a plane. An honest 7% revealed that they simply try to relax with an eye mask to block out the disturbance.

 

The research was conducted by Censuswide on behalf of Emirates in June 2017. Data was secured via an online survey and the sample consisted of 2,006 UK parents with children between the ages of 0-12 who have been on a plane.

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