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The idea of routine scares most people. I hear it all the time “It's boring,” or “I can’t commit so why bother?”, or “I’ll start tomorrow,” which leads to never starting at all.
But the most successful people in the world have a routine, one that works for them, that they crave and that makes them epic (read: successful). So if an efficient routine is one of the common denominators for success in life, then why the hell don’t you have one for yourself?!
It was the end of the day, and he was tired and hungry. Coming home from a long day at school and afterschool daycare depleted him. He had no patience, no need for more stimulation and was undoubtedly ready for dinner.
But dinner was not ready, and there was still homework to do.
“Honey, please take off your coat, empty your lunch kit and wash your hands,” I said as I always do the moment he walks through the door.
“NO! I don’t love you. You’re stupid!” He mutters.
“We don’t say those things. Please just do those few things quickly and then we can sit and practice our letters” I explain.
“NO...that’s stupid!” he screams, then runs off to his room.
My oldest son has been on over 100 flights to date (he’s 6). I stopped counting at 60, so this is my best guess.
When our second son Noah joined us, we didn’t stop travelling. It got 80% more difficult, yet we still persevered.
We thought one toddler was a handful. Imagine two?! The first time we travelled across the continent as a family the boys were 1 and 2 years old. Likely the WORST age to travel. Despite the craziness, we managed to log several thousand miles and hundreds of hours in airports and on planes. Malcolm Gladwell would say we are experts at this now, so I thought I’d share our travel tips.