We do a fair amount of traveling as a family. At the moment we are traveling abroad with all the children. So I thought this might be a good time to write some a blog post or two about keeping children close when traveling.
If you have ever had to bring your children with you through a busy airport such as Miami International Airport or London Heathrow you know how hectic and hair-raising it can be. Multiply that be 100 and you know the feeling of taking your children through some of the third-world airports missionary families encounter on a regular basis.
Now imagine being in line for the security checkpoint with all your kids, your carry-on items and travel gear. You definitely want to keep your children close, but sometimes when you use a traditional child leash or harness your child will realize they are being tied up or involuntarily restricted. Does it help to have them sit down in the middle of the causeway and start bawling their eyes out since this restriction makes them feel like they are being punished when they haven’t done anything wrong?
Gripsterz Stay Along, which is comprised of a walking rope and voluntary character handle, helps alleviate that stress. Children hold on to the handle because they like the monkey character, and they do not get upset since they are not being involuntarily restricted.
Gripsterz also gives children a feeling of security and ‘connectedness’. They don’t have to cling to Mom’s leg because they are in a strange new environment. Decreasing stress and anxiety for kids helps decrease stress for parents.
While there is no silver bullet for all people in all situations, we have used Gripsterz as an alternative to a child leash extensively during international travel and have found it works wonderfully for our family.