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Family vacations can be loads of fun if you plan right and pack right.

Good Table Manners Makes for Enjoyable Family Meals Out

Submitted by Sarah Morris on behalf of Primrose Schools- preschools emphasizing a balanced curriculum.



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Well-mannered children make travel- and especially meals out a restaurants- much more possible and enjoyable. Teaching about table manners from a young age is important in allowing you to dine out as a family without disrupting other adult diners around you.

An ideal time to begin teaching manners is at the dinner table, when the whole family sits down to a meal. Read more...

Airport Security

How do you pass through screening with a child in an infant carrier or a stroller? What medications and formula are allowed, and how should they be packed? What if my child has disabilities?

As if traveling with children wasn't enough of a challenge, now you have to contend with the ever-changing demands of airport security. Reviewing TSA's latest regulations and list of prohibited items beforehand will make travel easier, and insure your child's favorite toy or juice box isn't confiscated during airport screening.


Planes, Trains and Automobiles!

The safest way for your child to travel is in an approved child restraint system (CRS). Not only will they protect your child during air turbulence, in many states they are required when traveling by auto.

Plan your trip in advance. Most airlines require that child restraint systems be placed in window seats to keep aisles clear, to minimize the discomfort of fellow passengers, and to keep escape paths clear in an emergency. A CRS may not be placed in an exit row.

Ask your airline for discounted fair--some airlines now offer discounts of up to 50% for children less than 2 years of age.

Ask your airline if they can provide a CRS for your child. If so, you may not be permitted to bring your own CRS on board, and may need to check it in as baggage.

If you can't purchase a seat for a child less than 2 years old, you will be required to hold him/her on your lap. When checking in, ask if your flight is full, and if the airline will allow you to use an empty seat. If your airline's policy allows this, avoid the busiest days and times to increase the likelihood of finding an empty seat beside you.

FAA Child Restraint System Recommendations
less than 20 pounds use a rear-facing CRS

20-40 pounds use a forward-facing CRS

over 40 pounds use an airplane seat belt.



Vis-à-vis: Visas and Passports

Requirements for Children Under Age 16:
•All children regardless of age, including newborns and infants, must have their own passport

•Minors under age 16 must apply in person

•There are special requirements for All Minors Ages 16 & 17

Applying for a U.S. Passport for your child:
Be advised that both parents/guardians must apply in person, with your SSN and other necessary documents. These will include evidence of U.S. Citizenship for your child, such as a previous passport, a certified birth certificate, a Naturalization Certificate or Certificate of Citizenship.

For more information, visit the State Department's passport requirements: http://travel.state.gov/passport/get/minors/minors_834.html.


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