Disgusting Things My Kids Did in the Airport.

March 2, 2014

As parents we try to do the best for our children. We shower them with love and affection, we try to feed them healthy food, we read to them…… and, we try to teach them about good personal hygiene. But after a recent 6 hour stint of being stuck at the airport due to flight delays, I couldn’t help but wonder, “When will my kids understand that the disgusting things they do are…..disgusting?” Like when will they realize that rolling on the carpet of a public venue is absolutely gross? Because after 6 hours in an airport with them, it is clear that such things haven’t “clicked”.

The day started with psycho-germiphobe mom hand sanitizing every move like a maniac. Touch a chair? Come get a wipe. Touch a handrail? Come get a wipe. Walk within 5 feet of the bathroom? Come get a double wipe.  But after a few hours, and a few empty packs of these……….


I gave up.

Ok, really I just ran out of wipes and had no choice.

But this is what it looked like. My kids in all of their disgusting glory.

Roll your bodies all over the filthy carpet? Check.


Crawl into the tunnel of doom, yes, space-between-the-chairs I am talking about you, and pick through someone’s left over Sbarro crumbs? Why not?


Massage your fingers in disgusting things and then put them in your mouth? Sure thing.


Lick the glass? Obviously.


Go to the bathroom and then immediately, without hesitation suck your thumb? You bet.

{This one is intentionally not pictured so I can erase it from my memory.}

And the only one who got sick from all of these disgusting charades?

The disapproving observer. ME!

Thank you children, for reminding me of your resilience.

Go ahead and check out my Tips for Traveling with Kids……

and here is a teaser tip….

Best Advice for traveling with a 10 month old: Don’t do it. Don’t do it unless you have copious amounts of vodka waiting for you at your final destination.

  • Sarah Hughes
    March 2, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    OMG!! Sbarro crumbs, massaging gum, sucking thumbs!! Hahahahhahahhahahahah!! HILARIOUS! Best post I read all week!

  • mom
    March 2, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    vodka with the right #365 mango/orange nectar……come back…. i will find it!!!!

    • Sisters to Sons
      March 3, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      5th time is a charm! I am sure i will have a case of it waiting next time we come 🙂

  • Carrie @ Chockababy
    March 2, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Oh I had a fun trip to the airport once. I let my daughter crawl around on the floor (after giving up trying to keep her in my arms for hours). By the time we got on the plane, she was BROWN from belly to toes. BROWN! It was disgusting! I was horrified. I took her tunic off and let her just wear her long sleeve onesie and pants but there was no hiding the bottom half. And I didn’t want to even touch her. eww.

    • Sisters to Sons
      March 3, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      So glad I am not the only one!! Lesson learned… don’t dress kids in white when traveling!

  • Meg
    March 2, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Oh my gosh I was laughing out loud at your stories and remembering similar memories! I remember being in an airport with my first almost vomiting as she crawled around on the floor to get the Goldfish she had dropped! I recall thinking, when did I become the mother that allowed her child to do something so disgusting??!! Desperate times = desperate measures!

    • Sisters to Sons
      March 3, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      Ahh yes… the goldfish on the floor scenario.. my kids are pros at that trick too! Glad you were entertained!!

  • kim @ DESIGN + LIFE + KIDS
    March 3, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Ha! This is so funny and relatable. I cringed at absolutely everything here… and yet understood it all!

  • Jessica @EatSleepBe
    March 3, 2014 at 8:40 am

    My youngest always managed to find his way to the floor in every public setting. So gross!!

  • Estelle
    March 3, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Pic can so relate ! I remember when my daughter would stick her tongue on the door of the bathroom stall. Yuck ! She also still crawls under tables at restaurants. Ugh!

  • Carrie
    March 3, 2014 at 9:16 am

    I think all the moms are simultaneously cringing and also nodding their heads with a ‘been there’ knowledge. WHY do our kids do these things? WHYYYYYYY?????

  • Dresden
    March 3, 2014 at 9:42 am

    HA!! I was actually relieved my son was a pacifier dude for a wee bit longer than necessary simply because it meant he chomped on that rather than his grody fingers. This post cracked me up 🙂

  • Trish
    March 3, 2014 at 10:02 am

    hahahahahahaa. The leftover gum is really medicinal and a fabulous immune system builder. (this from the woman who routinely allows her children to run barefoot through North Philly, because it is just easy than listening to them scream.)

  • Life with Kaishon
    March 3, 2014 at 11:09 am

    This made me burst out laughing! : )
    Kids are gross little beings, aren’t they? Or rather, they have a penchant for grossness!

  • Stephanie
    March 3, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    I would have totally given you that supportive, “been there so don’t worry yourself about it” look if I had been at the airport with you! It’s amazing the things kids can come up with that are really gross!

  • Caitlin
    March 3, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    hahaha! This is my daughter. We traveled a lot before she turned 2. Trying to get her energy out on a layover, I let her just go and do what she wants. Getting dirty looks the whole time

  • Brandi
    March 3, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Hilarious! Been there, survived that! I now have a germo-phobe 10 year old who hates touching things in public. Parenting is full of extremes!

  • [email protected]
    March 3, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    blech LOL, this was amazingly awesome to read

  • Barb @ A Life in Balance
    March 3, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    This is why I don’t fly. Kudos to you for managing the chaos!

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