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  • On Jun 25, 2012
    Farrah from Cornwall Asked

    Hi Moms panel, Im after tips on how to keep my 8 year old daughter up when we arrive in Florida, 2:30pm Florida time,7:30pm UK time (bedtime) Sleeping on the plane would be the best idea but cant see it happening due to way to much excitement!!! Thank y

    I have the opposite problem with my kids, Farrah; we jump three hours ahead when we visit Walt Disney World and come midnight nobody is ever tired!  That said, I would think much of the hustle and bustle of landing in the airport and heading to your resort is going to keep her up.  From there, you'll have the excitement of checking in to your resort and settling there.  And then, of course, you have dinner time.  Once you make it through your evening meal, I would actually suggest maybe letting your daughter sleep.  I know it seems counter intuitive if the end goal is to get your bodies used to local time.  Here's the thing, though: vacationing with a rundown kid does not a magical vacation make.  If it were me, I would allow (encourage even!) a few extra hours of sleep wherever I could fit them in.  What is bound to happen otherwise is that she'll be cranky and--if she's anything like my kids--she'll get sick once her body wears down and that really puts a damper on any trip.  I know there will be a lot to see and to do, but keep in mind that vacation should be relaxing.  Go ahead and snooze for an extra couple of hours.  Something tells me you'll be happy you did!
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