So what can you do?
Focus on what you can control: You can’t control your children emotions but you can…
1- Prepare for it as much as you can (snacks/ toys…)
You can prepare for their potential reactions/ behaviours. Parents know what their kids like, what can soothe them. The best thing is to talk to them before each stage of the travel and explain what is about to happen. You can also share your expectations on how you’d like them to behave if they are old enough to understand.
There isn’t much more you can do aside from telling yourself that this too shall pass! Think about your own soothing when you get triggered!
2- Prepare for your mean look because you’re doing the best you can! That’s my friend Rachael’s advise @luxefamily5 . I went to her for comfort after a tough trip. She told me about her use of “nasty looks”. And I so agree! We sometimes forget that toddlers can’t behave like adults. We expect them to!