Travel Tuesday: I Have to Pay What to Sit with My Own Kids!

BY: - 23 Oct '12 | Home

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The biggest travel seasons of the year are coming, the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. In addition to having to worry about the rising costs of airfare due to jet fuel, bag fees and the economy, travelers are also going to have to (possibly) deal with a new fee that usually shows up at the ticket counter/gate.

You should already be researching and booking your Thanksgiving airline tickets. It is estimated that airfare will jump $5 per day in November. Normally when you book your flights (within the 21 day advance rule), you can choose seats that allow you to sit with your children/family at no extra charge. Now, if you have to wait a little closer to your travel date (say 7 days in advance), and there are not any seats together for you and your children/family, you may have to pay an additional fee. Yes, you will have to pay a little bit more to sit with your own children! (WTH?!) The additional fee may cost anywhere from $25 up to $60 each way. If you choose not to pay the extra fee, your alternative is to split up the family or (possibly) let your children sit with strangers. Some parents like the idea of their kids sitting on another row with strangers, so they can sleep or watch a movie.

The best way to avoid the additional fees is to definitely book at least 21 days in advance. If you can’t book 21 days in advance, try to book a new seat assignment for free 5 days in advance (if you’ve already purchased tickets that aren’t together). Before you purchase your tickets check with the airline to see if they charge this “˜fee.’

BMWK Family what do you think? Are these additional fees fair? Should you have to pay extra to sit with your own kids if they are no seats together?

By The Travelin Diva (Kirstin N. Fuller)

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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  • Kirstin (The Travelin Diva)

    I don’t think its fair that family’s may have to pay to sit together. What’s next? A charge to breathe fresh air? Amtrak is looking better every day…

  • MrsRW

    I see this fee going away very quickly as soon as some kids become extra rowdy/anxious/loud, etc. with no parental supervision. LOL!!!

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I’m Struggling to Become A More Submissive Wife

BY: - 24 Oct '12 | Home

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OK, my tongue is about to start bleeding. I’m biting down on it, trying not to say anything “flip”, especially in front of the kids. You see, I’m practicing submission. Yes, I said “practicing” because I haven’t always been generous in this aspect of my marriage. If you recall in one of my first BMWK posts, I shared with you some magical things that happened for me and how I overcame my blended family blues when I began to take this wifely responsibility of submission more seriously. As with many biblical principles, believing is one thing, but doing is a whole ‘nother story.

Something that helped me, was breaking this thing down and understanding exactly what was needed in order to be a more submissive wife. We all know the definition of submission, but do we really understand the principles and the importance? I personally know how hard this is to do sometimes, but try not to think of it as being inferior or “less than” to your husband, but quite the contrary. Instead, look at is a necessity for your marriage and for the welfare of your family. Like me, you may be struggling with submission, because you are a strong-willed and strong-minded individual. After all, he married you because he saw and loved your strengths, right?

First, lets break the word down. Simply put, the prefix “sub means under”. Think of “under” as the wind beneath his wings to help him soar and support his needs. Think of “under” as foundation. We know that foundation is the absolute necessity upon which things are built. Without legs, the table will fall. Without solid foundation, even the most beautiful and extravagant homes will collapse. Hmmm…think about (worth repeating) without foundation, the home will collapse.

Ladies – on a lighter note, think about that moment when you see another female without proper “foundation” underneath her clothes and her body parts are shaking all over the place. You shake your head in disgust and your lips are turned up. Well, its the same thing. You seem and feel more “together, in order and ‘under control” being that foundation for your husband and family.

Now to the “mission” part of submission. Mission is the goal and purpose of a plan in which the result is success. Who doesn’t want success for their marriage and family? Hopefully, the head of your household takes his role seriously and understands that his family depends on him. From personal experience, the mission of my husband and for our family is fluid. It can change at any given time, from getting ahead financially to focusing on family dynamics and anything in between. So, it should be important for you (the strong wife) to “support the goal of success” for your family.

Disclaimer: This is by no means a suggestion to say yes to everything our husbands say or do, but to just simply serve as reminder of one of our duties as a Godly wife. When there is discord, you may want to check yourself to see if you’re being the foundation that he needs to make wise and sound decisions for your family or are you causing weakness in your foundation?

BMWK – do you struggle with being a “submissive” wife?  What does it mean to you?

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Sheree Adams wrote 117 articles on this blog.

Sheree is a wife and WAHM of three who passionately blogs about marriage, family, health tips and more as Smart & Sassy Mom. Sheree is committed to helping blended families and keeping marriages strong, healthy, fun and SPICY!

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