Summer is here. Many families will travel to countries of their choices on holiday. It is also time for mothers to bond better with their children.
But this season is not all bliss for mothers of toddlers who have to be extra attentive to their kids’ many needs. These toddlers keep you on your toes and even deprive you of sleep. These mothers dread traveling with their toddlers because of the stress involved.
Some mothers told Effects reasons they are scared to travel with their toddlers.
Mrs. Doris Abiola said “The comments and side-eyes from other travellers make her feel uneasy. I try not to let judgments bother me, but being so confined in an airplane only allows me to do so much to help calm my child and the comments and side-eyes always make me feel pretty incompetent as a mother.”
Mrs. Shakirat Salaudeen said: “Honestly, my biggest fear is other people. I’m terrified of someone trying to grab a child and run with them; people who try to speak to children but have no business interacting with them. As a mom of two young babies, my eyes and hands are always on them, but I’m human. It’s such a fear of mine, travelling and wondering how safe my kids and I would be.”
For Mrs. Joy Ifedi, “The smell of changing the diapers of a twisting toddler in a tiny airplane bathroom is terrifying. Also realizing you forgot a spare pair of pants is only to be imagined.”
Mrs. Priscilla Ogunsola faces double trouble with her twin boys. “I have two boys, so the potential that both of them will start screaming at the same time in a confined space with no way out is something that terrifies me. Also, I don’t like the looks I get from people around when they start making too much noise. It makes me feel bad.”
For Mrs. Rita Ibezim, the constant chasing of her restless toddler drives her crazy. “It’s too much work, and vacation is not relaxing when you have to chase these little ones the entire time.”
Amanda Jibunoh doesn’t understand why her toddler is screaming all the time. “I am flying alone with my toddler next week and I am scared she might just begin her screaming phase on air. She screams when she’s happy, when she’s angry and any other time she decides to test out her vocal chords. I’m terrified she’s going to scream and everyone is going to judge me for not being able to control her.”
Mrs. Nkolika Ikenna said she’s afraid that when she travels for August meeting with her toddler, there will be no rest for her. “My fear is that I will have to watch her like a hawk. She always goes for the heavy, breakable things on the shelves that she can break and hurt herself with.”