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    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 14th Aug 13, 11:24 AM
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    What are your top tips for keeping your eye on your kids when travelling?
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    • 14th Aug 13, 11:24 AM
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    What are your top tips for keeping your eye on your kids when travelling? 14th Aug 13 at 11:24 AM

    As any parent will know one of your worst nightmares when travelling is the thought of losing your kids in the airport scrum.

    Some of the MSE staff were just chatting about ways to keep an eye on them after we read the suggestion of a temporary tattoo of your mobile number on their arm!

    On my recent holiday I stuck mine in brightly coloured hats or clothes with spots on and took a photo of them in what they were wearing before we left.

    If you've just come back from hols or still to head off, what tips can you add?


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    This is one of many Tips in our 50 Overseas Travel Tips Guide
    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 14-08-2013 at 12:26 PM.
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  • savemon3y
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    • 14th Aug 13, 11:43 AM
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    We tend to put our phone numbers on their clothing labels and a band around their arms (we just grabbed a few more when we visited theme parks) and in their pocket.

    Just waiting for a comment from somebody injecting a GPS transmittor in their kids!!!
    • maman
    • By maman 14th Aug 13, 12:01 PM
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    • 14th Aug 13, 12:01 PM
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    We tend to put our phone numbers on their clothing labels and a band around their arms (we just grabbed a few more when we visited theme parks) and in their pocket.

    Just waiting for a comment from somebody injecting a GPS transmittor in their kids!!!
    Originally posted by savemon3y


    I'm amazed at the tattoo idea.

    I may be old fashioned but holding hands or strapping into buggy always worked for mine.
  • mcfisco
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    • 14th Aug 13, 1:00 PM
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    • 14th Aug 13, 1:00 PM
    It's very easy for modern parents to forget they have kids with them.
    One minute they're ordering drinks at the bar [@ 06:15] and then suddenly they have a feeling that they've forgotten something.
    By the time it's dawned on them that the kids are AWOL, it's too late and they have to rush the drink to go look for them.
    I have long known that it is part of God's plan for me to spend a little time with each of the most stupid people on earth.
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    • 14th Aug 13, 1:03 PM
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    • 14th Aug 13, 1:03 PM
    Top Tip:



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    • maman
    • By maman 14th Aug 13, 2:33 PM
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    • 14th Aug 13, 2:33 PM
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    It's very easy for modern parents to forget they have kids with them.
    One minute they're ordering drinks at the bar [@ 06:15] and then suddenly they have a feeling that they've forgotten something.
    By the time it's dawned on them that the kids are AWOL, it's too late and they have to rush the drink to go look for them.
    Originally posted by mcfisco
    It can happen to anyone!

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2157441/David-Cameron-wife-left-daughter-Nancy-8-pub-15-minutes.html
    • Obviously the best
    • By Obviously the best 14th Aug 13, 2:40 PM
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    • 14th Aug 13, 2:40 PM
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    • 14th Aug 13, 2:40 PM
    I used to tell them that if they were caught without us the security men would stop them going on holiday!!!

    They were always good as gold.
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    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 14th Aug 13, 2:43 PM
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    • 14th Aug 13, 2:43 PM
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    Leave them at home and let someone else look after them?

    Or more seriously, do as a lady I met on a train recently on her way back from a music festival had done with her kids - write her mobile number in indelible ink on their arm so that if they did get lost anyone finding them would be able to contact her straight away.
  • nicsue44
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    • 16th Jul 15, 10:17 AM
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    My American friends used to dress the whole family in the same t-shirts. If a kid go AWOL it is easy (for parent or child) to show security (or whoever) - the lost kid/my Mum and Dad is wearing a t-shirt just like this.
    Simple - just think about what t-shirt you would all like to wear
    • duchy
    • By duchy 16th Jul 15, 11:47 AM
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    Or just hold their hand and keep your eye on them .........always worked for me- Never mislaid him on holiday
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    • freshfruitbandit
    • By freshfruitbandit 16th Jul 15, 12:49 PM
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    I attach a 'tile' to a keyring and attach that to my child which means i can use an app to track their location around me. Supposed to be for keys, but i bought four and worked out that using it to track my two kids when out and about or in busy places could be really useful.

    https://www.thetileapp.com
    • Mojisola
    • By Mojisola 16th Jul 15, 12:56 PM
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    My American friends used to dress the whole family in the same t-shirts. If a kid go AWOL it is easy (for parent or child) to show security (or whoever) - the lost kid/my Mum and Dad is wearing a t-shirt just like this.
    Originally posted by nicsue44
    As the above post - not so much keeping them safe but will help if a child goes missing - take a photo of each child before going out - that way you can show people exactly who you're looking for.

    We made sure our kids had some plan of what they should do if they got lost so that they didn't panic.
    • 2gorgeousgirls
    • By 2gorgeousgirls 16th Jul 15, 7:25 PM
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    2 adults, 2 kids, so we took responsibility for one child each which made it easier. It was a case of making sure we knew which one we were supposed to be watching.

    My husband did however lose his charge in Magic Kingdom, Florida when she was 5. For 15 minutes (which seemed like hours) I thought I was really having a heart attack. Meanwhile she was quite happily watching the carousel and was completely bewildered at us crying all over her when we found her. As far as she was concerned she wasn't lost and we were being idiots..
    • PeteDoff
    • By PeteDoff 16th Jul 15, 9:08 PM
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    take a photo of each child before going out - that way you can show people exactly who you're looking for.
    .
    Originally posted by Mojisola
    My mate and I do that with our old bags.
    Turning left avoids some of the idiots (only some)
    • MumboJumbo2
    • By MumboJumbo2 9th Sep 15, 10:47 AM
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    Some good ideas - the app is brilliant. I also dressed my kids alike in playgrounds, parks etc. They weren't so keen but I did have to say once 'she looks exactly like this one'! It's also a bit smug to say 'I hold their hand'. My Dad was once holding my sister's hand when she pulled away and jumped fully clothed into a swimming pool. Well everyone else was doing it! And she was too young to swim so he had to jump in after her. You just never know.
    • DomRavioli
    • By DomRavioli 9th Sep 15, 2:38 PM
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    Just be a responsible parent and hold their hand? I mean it really is that simple. I come from a family of 4 kids, we travelled at least every three months because of my dad's work, and we have never been lost by our parents. I've also travelled with my three nieces (7, 2 and 1) and because they aren't chav kids, they do as they are told and stick by me unless they have permission to go elsewhere, and even then they are supervised.

    I think some parents need a good slap around the head - you choose to have kids so look after them.
    • budgetflyer
    • By budgetflyer 10th Sep 15, 12:22 AM
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    Just be a responsible parent and hold their hand? I mean it really is that simple. I come from a family of 4 kids, we travelled at least every three months because of my dad's work, and we have never been lost by our parents. I've also travelled with my three nieces (7, 2 and 1) and because they aren't chav kids, they do as they are told and stick by me unless they have permission to go elsewhere, and even then they are supervised.

    I think some parents need a good slap around the head - you choose to have kids so look after them.
    Originally posted by DomRavioli
    Thats not fair, it only takes 10 seconds of distraction. Can happen to anyone unless you have them on a rope.
    • DomRavioli
    • By DomRavioli 10th Sep 15, 11:19 AM
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    Thats not fair, it only takes 10 seconds of distraction. Can happen to anyone unless you have them on a rope.
    Originally posted by budgetflyer
    I think its a bit more than ten seconds. How hard is it to hold your child's hand and tell them no? Those children who do decide that they know better than their parents (coming from someone who has an autistic niece who can be very disruptive when provoked) have learned from their parents that its ok to disrespect people whenever they feel like it, and usually the parents let them get away with it.

    It is usually a case of bad, or no, parenting, coupled with a lack of respect.
    • f4phixeruk
    • By f4phixeruk 10th Sep 15, 6:02 PM
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    Was at an Airshow near Edinburgh with my grandson. The local round table were giving free wristbands to put on the children. All you did was write your mobile number on it, and if they got seperated from you. All they had to do was go to one of the people in flourescent vests or emegency services, who would then have your mobile number to ring you.

    All it takes is 30 seconds of inattentiveness from either the guardian. OR the child fore either to get seperated.
    • blindman
    • By blindman 10th Sep 15, 8:56 PM
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    As any parent will know one of your worst nightmares when travelling is the thought of losing your kids in the airport scrum.

    Even flying Ryanair is no scrum-what airports/airlines do you go through??

    Some of the MSE staff were just chatting about ways to keep an eye on them after we read the suggestion of a temporary tattoo of your mobile number on their arm!

    Surely you'd make it permanent so when you're distracted by staring into your mobile or on Twitter\Tindeer\Snapchat\LinkedIn\Otherselfego sites your "precious" can be found by Jimmy Saville and he can phone you

    On my recent holiday I stuck mine in brightly coloured hats or clothes with spots on and took a photo of them in what they were wearing before we left.
    Originally posted by MSE Andrea
    Looks like it's too late to suggest you do not have kids

    So my suggestion is -if you do go travelling -give them to a responsible adult.

    My worst nightmare when travelling is to meet a "parent " like you. As invariably the kids are running amok somewhere.
    Last edited by blindman; 10-09-2015 at 8:59 PM.
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