The Peace of Tiddle Time
Oh Holiday Traveling, thou art a thing of horror and headache! Heavy traffic, bad weather, delayed flights, long lines, and cranky people plague the country for weeks on end.
So, how are we going to handle the unavoidable times when we have to venture out of our homes? Let’s start by reminding ourselves to Pursue Peace!
1. Do You Really Have To?
First and foremost, prioritize your circle of importance. If you have been invited to attend three functions at opposite ends of the city on the same day…which one is the priority? How many events do you have the capacity to do?
2. Getting into the Car
The process of getting in the car actually starts WAY before you get into the car. Even if it’s just yourself, try to factor in some Tiddle Time. (Christina’s father coined this phrase. It refers to the margin of time you can allow yourself before having to actually get into the car.)
Getting into the car can start the night before. Lay your clothes out the night before. Bathe the night before. If you have to leave at 6:00 then say to everyone at 5:40 “we’re getting in the car” and then we can begin the whole “I can’t find my shoes” routine. You won’t be stressed and you can be gracious and have time to run back in the house and get all the stuff you forgot.
Above all, prepare your heart for trials and tribulations.
Adjust your expectations for diaper explosions, missing shoes, adults who move at a different pace then you do, so that you’re not shocked and horrified when this happens three minutes before you’re supposed to be leaving the house.
3. Practice Self-Awareness
John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
Spend some time talking to Jesus to prepare your heart for the extra stress that traveling incurs. Keep tabs on your heart and emotions. When you know you’re hitting your capacity, have a plan in place to be able to draw back and calm down your body and your heart. Have a pre-arranged signal with your travel partner for when you’re hitting that overwhelmed point and need a break.
4. Honor Other People’s Time
If you didn’t wake your baby up on time to leave and you know you’re going to be 40 minutes late, then you need to let your host know; if someone is expecting you and they’ve made plans, it doesn’t communicate value and honor to them if you arrive late without letting them know.
If you’re REALLY late, maybe consider skipping the event. (Your lateness might mean that you need margin and space in your life!)
5. Let's Be Practical!
If you’re traveling short distances, remember to allot yourself more time than normal to get where you’re going, and set your expectations for how frustrating it might potentially be. So much of our tempers’ being lost is when we’re expecting one thing to happen and something else does! Check traffic reports, weather reports, consider alternate routes. Make sure your cell phone is charged, and check on your winter car emergency package.
If you’re traveling long distances, MAKE A PLAN!
Make it a family affair - get everyone pumped up beforehand: communicate how great it’s going to be to get where you’re going and to have the adventure of getting there together.
Go online and google “tips for traveling with kids” and you will get a plethora of ideas. I KNOW you will find something awesome that will help your family make this season of traveling far more peaceful and enjoyable.