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Flying Internationally with Children

Each year, a large number of American families make the decision to take a family vacation. If you want to take a fun vacation abroad with your family, it may be a good learning experience for all.

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Each year, a large number of American families make the decision to take a family vacation. If you want to take a fun vacation abroad with your family, it may be a good learning experience for all. Here are some tips on flying internationally with kids.

Once you and your family have decided that they want to visit to a foreign country, you will have to start making travel arrangements. This most commonly includes choosing a final vacation destination, booking airline reservations, and overnight hotel accommodations. After these travel arrangements have been made, you will need to wait for the big day to arrive. However, once that day comes, it is important to remember that you are traveling with children. For that reason, extra accommodations may need to be made.

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Plan Accommodation Ahead of Time

It is important to determine what your accommodations are before your flight is scheduled to take off. In fact, it is advised that you start preparing for your trip early, especially if you are traveling with children. This is because, when it comes to international flights, the preparation is different than domestic flights. In most cases, the guidelines and procedures change. For starters, the proof of identification that they will need drastically changes.

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Have Your Passport in Order

When children fly on domestic flights, they do not need to show identification if they are traveling with a parent or a guardian. Often times, proof of a parent’s identification is enough; however, it is not enough on international flights. Depending on where you are traveling to, you will find that your child may need to have a passport. If your child does not already have a passport, they will need to get one.  This process could take a few days, or even a few weeks.  While arranging your child’s passport, it is also good to make sure that yours is valid as well.

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Security Screenings

In addition to having the proper forms of identification for international flights, you will also find that your child or children must go through the same security screening as everyone else. This means that they will have their carry-on luggage, as well as their checked baggage thoroughly examined. This examination may include an x-ray screening or a hand check. Should a problem arise, they will likely be pulled aside, like any other passenger. The only difference is that you should be able to accompany them, if and when this does occur.

In international airports, passenger screening is just as important as baggage screening. For that reason, your child, no matter what their age, will also have to be checked out. This mostly entails removing their shoes and walking through a metal detector. In the event that the alarm sounds, your child will likely be subject to additional screening. However, it is important to note that this additional screening is required, and it is the same that all other passengers will go through, if need be.

The above-mentioned situations are just a few of the many that you will have to prepare for if you are flying internationally with a child. The rules, restrictions, and guidelines that you must follow tend to vary from international airport to airport, as well as with airlines. Although many of these rules are the same, there are some differences. All international airports are given the ability to add-on their own air travel rules, if they choose to do so. For that reason, it is advised that you directly contact the international airline that you will be flying with or the international airport that you will be leaving from, for additional information.

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The Flower: Mother Nature’s Emoji

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Keeping in touch is easy when you care. Anyone can be messaged within seconds, it’s awesome and crazy to think there were days when s simple message would require a live Raven and a lot of hope.

 

 

Since constant communication is a given between loved ones, actually, let’s say a given between “liked” ones, as love can be a tricky issue, lol, the effects of IRL (In Real Life) are sometimes overlooked or forgotten all together. A hug, a kiss, or even a simple high five are great feelings that can’t be replaced by a text message. The real-life component of life is extremely powerful, but unfortunately is not always possible when friends and families are spread out across the globe.

Fortunately, there are growing services that focus on bringing people closer emotionally when they are not able to geographically. A very compelling service includes one of human’s oldest gift… flowers.

Sending flowers to family, friends, acquaintances, business associates, etc. is extremely powerful and can have an extraordinarily positive impact on the recipient. Take those texts and emails to the next level, represent yourself with real life experiences as simple and beautiful as a flower.

Most leading florists provide same day delivery nationwide, as long as you order by mid-day. This is especially useful for sudden emergencies or forgotten occasions. But whenever possible, it’s a good idea to order flowers one or two days in advance, particularly for widely celebrated occasions like Valentine’s and Mother’s Day. You may want to consider having your flowers delivered the afternoon before an event, both to ensure they are enjoyed throughout the day and to provide a cushion for re-delivery just in case the recipient is not home when your flowers first arrive. Being a day early never hurts but being a day late can! For same day delivery across most of the U.S. and Canada, simply order in the morning. In most cases, your flowers can arrive that afternoon.

Work with your Florist
If you order flowers by phone, tell your florist the sentiment you want to communicate. Remember, your florist is the expert, so don’t feel that you must know the name of every flower, just mention the occasion, your relationship to the recipient, and if you have any favorite flowers or colors in mind. Allowing the florist to assist you with the selection of flowers and to design a bouquet just for you will often result in the best overall gift for your budget.

Before you order…
Have the spelling of the recipient’s name and his or her complete delivery address ready, including apartment number, company name, suite, or floor number. Delivery to “Jen” at “Rockefeller Center” probably won’t cut it. The recipient’s phone number is also very helpful to ensure delivery and may sometimes be required when want your flowers to arrive at the right place on the right day. So, make sure you’ve got your facts straight.

Express yourself
As important as the flowers are, if you don’t take a few moments to think about the card message, your sentiment could be lost. Florists will include a small enclosure card free of charge, and larger gift cards are also available. Have a short message ready when you call or ask for your florist’s advice. If you order flowers online, most sites will have suggestions for you. The important thing is to express yourself simply and personally. It makes your flower delivery gift all that more special. Also remember to include the sender(s) name(s) on the card, so the recipient knows who to thank.

If you are ordering flowers online… Call!
Remember that web sites can’t show every flower arrangement. There is an infinite number of combinations possible, so don’t be afraid to call if you don’t see what you are looking for. Florists excel at creating beautiful one-of-a-kind designs for almost every taste and budget to help you send just the right message with every flower delivery, calling is very powerful.

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The Magical Result
Sending flowers is a wonderful way to say, “thanks”, “cheer up”, “feel better soon”, “congratulations”, “your apartment smells”, “I love you”, etc. You can send flowers almost anywhere on almost any day, and there is something magical about how they make people feel. Floral gifts show how much you care, and at the same time they say a lot about you, the sender.

Please call now for flower delivery and let people know you care.

 

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The Facts You Need to Know About Cyberbullying

Cyber bullying is the newest type of bullying and has not been studied as much as traditional forms of bullying. Many children report being bullied via the internet or cell phone and the effects can be devastating.

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Cyber bullying is the newest type of bullying and has not been studied as much as traditional forms of bullying. Many children report being bullied via the internet or cell phone and the effects can be devastating. Children also report that bullies spread rumours and say other mean things about them online where many different people can see it. The potential audience for cyber bullying is unlimited making it even more appealing to bullies. Bullies will also threaten their victims online and belittle them for their own amusement.

Girls are twice as likely as boys to be cyber bullies as well as be targeted by cyber bullies. Normally boys are the most likely children to bully others, but this is not true with cyber bullying. Boys tend to physically bully others while girls use emotional methods, which can be perfectly carried out over the computer. Cyber bullying also can be anonymous and many children who are the victims of cyber bullying never know who was bullying them. Cyber bullying is not restricted to school either, it can happen anywhere children have access to computers or cell phones. Bullying used to be confined to school, but with cyber bullying can now reach children anywhere.

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Where Cyber Bullying Occurs

Cyber bullying commonly occurs in IM’s and in chat rooms. Cyber bullying can also occur in blogs and on websites when a bully posts damaging comments about their victim. The internet makes bullying easy and bullies can torment victims in new ways. Using the internet gives cyber bullies an even more devious way to humiliate others than traditional bullying. About half of pre-teens tell an adult about their experiences with cyber bullying and this number drops as children get older. Cyber bullying also makes it easier for the victim to retaliate against the bully as they can just as easily post their own damaging responses. This ease of use makes perpetuating the bullying cycle more common. This is not necessarily the best idea, as it will probably make the bullying worse and only reinforce the idea that bullying is ok.

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Cyber Bullying: It Can Affect Anyone

Cyber bullying can affect anyone and the same stereotypes that apply to traditional bullying do not apply to cyber bullying. Cyber bullies can pick on anyone, even those more confident and popular than themselves. Cyber bullies can even pick on children older and bigger than them because of the anonymous nature of the internet. If a cyber bully wants to hurt another person, the internet gives them the perfect vehicle to do so.

Cell Phone Bullying

What Parents Can Do

Parents must take steps to stop and prevent cyber bullying just like other types of bullying. Any form of bullying can have serious consequences and cyber bullying can be particularly dangerous because it can reach so many people and be so humiliating. Take cyber bullying seriously so that your child does not fall victim, or bully others. Make your child aware that cyber bullying is unacceptable and if they are the target they should tell an adult right away. Acting quickly is the best way to stop cyber bullying before it gets out of hand.

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Actively Listening to your Child

Communicating with your children can be a difficult task at times. You may feel like they’re not listening to you and they may feel like you’re not listening to them.

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Communicating with your children can be a difficult task at times. You may feel like they’re not listening to you and they may feel like you’re not listening to them. Good listening and communications skills are essential to successful parenting. Your child’s feelings, views and opinions have worth, and you should make sure you take the time to sit down and listen openly and discuss them honestly.

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An Urge to React

There seems to be a natural tendency to react rather than to respond when in a confrontational situation. Many people pass judgment based on their own feelings and experiences. However, responding means being receptive to your child’s feelings and emotions and allowing them to express themselves openly and honestly without fear of repercussion. By reacting, you send your child the message that their feelings and opinions are invalid. However, by responding and asking questions about why the child feels that way, it opens a dialog that allows them to discuss their feelings further and allows you a better understanding of where they’re coming from. Also, responding gives you an opportunity to work out a solution or a plan of action with your child that perhaps they would not have come up with on their own. Your child will also appreciate the fact that maybe you do indeed understand how they feel.

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Paying Attention

It’s crucial in these situations to give your child your full and undivided attention. Put down your newspaper, stop doing dishes, or turn off the television so you can hear the full situation and make eye contact with your child. Keep calm, be inquisitive, and afterwards offer potential solutions to the problem.

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It’s Important to Feel Emotions

Don’t discourage your child from feeling upset, angry, or frustrated. Your initial instinct may be to say or do something to steer our child away from it, but this can be a detrimental tactic.  Again, listen to your child, ask questions to find out why they are feeling that way, and then offer potential solutions to alleviate the bad feeling.

Just as adults do, children have feelings and experience difficult situations. By actively listening and participating with your child as they talk about it, it demonstrates to them that you do care, want to help and have similar experiences of your own that they can draw from. Remember: respond, don’t react.

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