Just before easter we travelled to Bali on an 5 hr morning flight with my 2.5 yr old DS. This was not his overseas trip, he once flew before when he just turned one but that was the time he was not quite at his terrible two yet!
During the flight, DS was cooperative and somewhat busy (and loud) with himself and too occupied with his toys and sometimes tried to jump between our seats which i would personally find it annoying!
The highlight of the day was that when we were landing - DS didnt like to be strapped on to a seabelt. that made myself being frustrated, scared he might run off to the end of the plane (i was also afraid that passangers or flight attendants might tell me off). so after unsuccessfully persuading DS (who at that time was a boy who was stubborn and did not even understand our words at all!), i just had to held him tightly on my lap and he screamed, cried, and kicked his front seat (blame it on dh who thought he chose the 'best seat'!!) - basically he made a HUGE fuss. You could not believe the look on our faces as soon as we got off the plane - it looked like we've jusy survived world war 3!
now these days i even have nightmares whether people would have thought we are stupid ignorant parents who didnt know how to control their child?
when i first told the story to my mum, her reply was "uhm.. Yeah of course i would say it was your fault for not being able to control him and understand to calm him down as his own parent... But yeah.. Nothing to be embarassed about.. Things happened anyway!
OMG... Was she right?
If i could turn back time, the only way to calm ds back then was to bribe him with a dozen of kinder surprise chcolate eggs which he loved to unwrap and would have brought the whole of toys r us (we did pack all of his treasures in his trunki anyway!)
Up till today i still have nightmares about this. Please make this go away. Thankfully nobody complained at that time 😅