But what steps can parents take to lessen their children's impact on other passengers?
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I love the story of the parents of 14-week old twins who last fall passed around bags of candy to fellow passengers on a flight from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., with this note: "Hello! We're twin baby boys on our first flight and we're only 14 weeks old! We'll try to be on our best behavior, but we'd like to apologize in advance just in case we lose our cool, get scared or our ears hurt."
That is really going above and beyond what society expects. Of course, so is reaching over and slapping a toddler.
What do you do to keep your kids happy during a flight?