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My husband and I are musicians. And we’re parents. When we are onstage, we do our best to really be ON stage. But all our “backstage” experiences with our son (our little frog) deeply affect who we are as people, thus musicians. Recent insights:

April (Spring!) is just around the corner, marking the end of this year’s first quarter. I have gone an entire “term” without a blog post. Field work, folks–I’ve been out there in the field, trying out new approaches with toddler-in-tow travel.

A brief rhapsody on red-eye flights for this installment:

I’ve never been a fan of all-night air travel. It’s tough to sleep soundly on an airplane, especially when travelling with a kid. But on a recent flight from Long Beach, California to Boston, my 2 1/2 year old:

  • fell asleep while boarding
  • stayed asleep for the entire flight (while my husband and I took turns making sure our son didn’t roll off our laps)
  • slept through deplaning and baggage retrieval
  • slept through the cab ride
  • slept for 2 more hours in his bed back in Boston

We parents were wrecked the next day. But our son adjusted immediately to local time and had an incredibly sunny disposition. Without a cheerful kid, our jet lag (even if we had flown during the day) might have felt worse.

Consider it, gang. Go red-eye for the kids, and in the end, enjoy a smoother re-entry for the entire family? Do let me know of your experiences!

Leap, Little Frog

a musician's musings on nesting, being creative, traveling, and parenting