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A Seven-Year-Old’s Guide to Surviving Holiday Travel

A Seven-Year-Old's Guide to Surviving Holiday Travel

Are you traveling with any little ones this holiday? Seven-year-old Toby loves nothing more than planning trips (just like his mama!), so while he splashed around in the bath this weekend, I asked for his thoughts on flying on planes, choosing rental cars and visiting relatives. Here are the 10 tips he said he’d give his fellow kids this holiday season…

THE PLANE

Drinks on the plane: Maybe you could order a fizzy apple. That’s fizzy water mixed with apple juice. I like the beautiful red straws that come with the drinks. The flight attendants give you snacks, too. If they have peanuts, pretzels or cookies, ask for all of them. They let you.

On choosing a seat: I like the middle seat. I don’t like the window seat because I feel like I’m going to fall off the plane. If someone is sitting next to you, say, ‘Hello, how are you doing today?’ Once, we sat next to a guy who was bald. A long time ago, we met a guy with long hair. Maybe in 2012. He was really nice. His name was Jake. He was like, Hi, my name’s Jake. It’s nice to talk to people.

What to do during the flight: Maybe you can watch a show. They might have Doc McStuffins. Maybe you can put your tray table down and use it to color. Take a walk down the aisle; it’s relaxing.

On tired siblings: If your brother is crying at the end, you can carry his luggage. You can do that to help. But don’t go close to him in case he hits you. Take a step back.

DRIVING TO YOUR DESTINATION

On choosing a rental car: Avis has fancy cars. Avis and Hertz I would recommend as the best. They have faster cars. I’m a really good rental car picker. I like getting a Nissan Sentra or a Nissan Altima or a Kia Rio or any Chrysler. Make sure it has four doors, not two doors. You can also try Turo, which is when you rent even better cars from people. It’s not too expensive and you can even get a Ferrari! I have never done that but I would always want to. When I grow up I will do that.

On playing music: If you’re playing music in the car, play Shake Your Booty or Wake Me Up Before You Go Go or all the songs from Trolls. Basically every song from a show or movie. One time Anton wanted to play Penny Lane so many times. He was like, ‘Penny Lane, Penny Lane, Penny Lane.‘ Daddy played it a bunch of times but then wanted to stop.

THE RELATIVES

Greeting everyone: When you see your aunts and uncles and grandma, you say, ‘Hiiiiii! I’m so excited to see you!’ They kiss and hug you. If you don’t want to kiss and hug them, you don’t have to. It’s nice to see what rental cars they got, too.

PACKING LIST

What to pack: Pack pajamas, underwear, pants, shirts, a toothbrush and a bathing suit if you’re going somewhere with a pool or maybe a beach. Pack your favorite toys, and it would be nice to sleep with a stuffed animal. I’m going to bring Elephanty and Max. You squeeze them into your suitcase. I always pack a jean jacket because they are really cool and snazzy. Snazzy means fancy. I know that word from Fuller House.

PRESENTS

Writing a wish list: You can write down your list on a piece of construction paper. This year, my wish list has a Playmobil house, a Playmobil playground, a Playmobil school bus, a Playmobil plane, a Playmobil Porsche, a Playmobil Porsche dealer and caramels. Caramel tastes like chocolate. If you get a present you don’t really like, still say thank you. Ask your parents to pack a screwdriver and batteries for your trip. Presents sometimes need those things to work. If you don’t have them, you might get upset.

Waking up early: If you wake up in the night, and you really want to open your presents, you would get in trouble. You have to wait until your parents wake up. But they will wake up early that day because you really want them to. You do special things on trips. You will have fun.

A Seven-Year-Old's Guide to Surviving Holiday Travel

Thank you so much, Toby! Where will you be spending the holidays this year? What advice would you add for family travel?

P.S. 10 tips for traveling with a baby, and how to entertain a toddler on a plane.

(Photos of the boys with an Away kid’s suitcase.)

  1. Sarah says...

    Came back here specifically to send an update and more thanks to Toby:
    We flew to see my little one’s grandma and aunt this weekend, and I had a fail (which could have been avoided if I’d paid attention to your advice) and a hit (thanks to you):
    FAIL: We forgot to pack the batteries and screwdriver. Guess who was traipsing to a miraculously-open Rite-Aid to buy, you guessed it, a pack of batteries and a mini-screwdriver? Yep. You were spot on.
    HIT: the FIZZY APPLE!! Omg, obsessed. Smiled when I read that one and made a mental note to try it. Kiddo and adults (me especially) loved it. As in, we got home, putting her to bed bleary-eyed, and she was saying something I couldn’t understand. Ran to the staircase and pointed that she wanted to go back out to the airport for the special apple juice – the fizzy apple. Ha! thanks again! Toby’s thoughts and advice should really be a regular feature.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      awww haha sarah that makes me so happy! :) merry christmas!

  2. Amy says...

    This totally made my day! I love his very specific advice on rental cars!!

  3. Anne says...

    This is SO funny! It’s like he read my mind.

  4. Libertad Vera says...

    You are the Best Toby! thank you… great advices

  5. Camille says...

    You are an amazing mother.

  6. Soooo adorable. And such a helpful big brother carrying Anton’s luggage!

  7. Lauren E. says...

    o…m…g. THE RENTAL CARS. be still my heart. this is the sweetest.

  8. Emily says...

    This is pure gold. Solid advice!

  9. Rachael says...

    So I don’t think I’ve ever commented on a blog post in my life, but this is the one of the best things I’ve read in 2017. Toby, you’ve stolen my heart. Thanks for sharing your travel wisdom with us.

  10. Martha says...

    soooo adorable!!
    loved the tips. will pass for both my children. sure my oldest will agree about taking a step back when the toddler is tired…
    <3

  11. Tovah Close says...

    Never change, Toby.

  12. Ali says...

    this is the sweetest thing I’ve read in a while….Thanks, Toby!! Such great advice!

  13. McKenzie says...

    This is the best! What an adorable reminder that traveling is really not that big of a deal, especially when you remember why you’re really going to your destination. As long as you bring the batteries and screwdriver :) Wow, your little guy has some major wisdom.

  14. This might be my favorite Cup of Jo article ever–and I’ve been reading since before Toby was even born!

    • Laura M says...

      Triple ditto!!!!

  15. This post had me cracking up–what sage advice from Toby!

  16. Lindsay says...

    Another laugh out loud moment in my cubicle. Be honest, does Toby really come up with all of this stuff on his own?! #hilarious!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, haha, i was lying on my bed while he was in the bath (with the bathroom door open) and laughing out loud as i wrote everything down :)

  17. Anna says...

    This is great. Oh my goodness. Reading a number of these to my husband who will also crack up. Perfect! Thank you! A lot of these help me see things a bit from the kid side in general, not even just related to trips.

  18. Stacie says...

    “If your brother is crying at the end, you can carry his luggage. You can do that to help. But don’t go close to him in case he hits you. Take a step back.”

    HAHAHAHAHAHA. Oh, Toby. That’s wisdom.

    Also great tip about the batteries and screwdriver. It would never have occurred to this grownup to be that prepared.

  19. Desiree says...

    This is one of the best posts I have ever read! I am just in shock how knowledgeable he is. He is more sensible then I am. He can help me with my life! lol

  20. Elise says...

    This is just the best. Thank you, Toby! I’m going to share this with 4-year-old Abram who can surely learn a lot from you!

  21. Kate S says...

    Best post ever!

  22. Gabriella says...

    Okay. That has to be up there with the TOP FIVE posts that have ever appeared on CoJ. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Toby, you’re such a star!

  23. This is the cutest thing ever!

  24. Sarah says...

    “Ask your parents to pack a screwdriver and batteries for your trip. Presents sometimes need those things to work. If you don’t have them, you might get upset.”

    GENIUS

    • Angela says...

      Right?! I have never considered that, but it’s so smart!

  25. Oh, this just melted my heart. So many opinions on cars from such a little fellow, that’s just adorable. Thank you so much for sharing this conversation :)

  26. Catherine says...

    It made me nostalgic from when my son was that sweet age! At almost sixteen, he’s still a sweet sweet boy, but has become quite monosyllabic!!!

    I loved the “take a step back”!

  27. Meg says...

    Thank you, Toby! I will be sure to share this with my 5 year old daughter. I think she’ll like your tips! (This post was the cutest!!)

  28. well this was amazing.

  29. Elisabeth H says...

    Can Toby please give his opinions on more things? This is wonderful. I kept wondering what would by 2.5 year old say to this question. Love this!

    • kelsey says...

      I agree 100% Great job!!!

  30. Chrissy Trampedach says...

    I’m due to have a boy (my first) in mid Jan and this just totally gutted me. Not only adorable, but holy moly, kids are oddly wise! Great post :)

  31. Alexandra says...

    “If you don’t want to kiss and hug them, you don’t have to.” My heart! It is so wonderful that you’ve raised Toby to know that he has control over his own body.

  32. This may be one of your cutest posts yet! So cute and practical! Who knew.

  33. Laura says...

    oh my, this is one of the sweetest things I have read in a long time. thank you for sharing your life, and sweet boys, with us. xx

  34. Your boys always look so fashionable! I’m not gonna lie…I was a little stymied by the idea of having a boy. I’m not even a dresses and bows kinda gal, but when I got pregnant suddenly my Pinterest was FULL of cute little outfits for girls. When we found out he was a boy, I was kind of confused. What about the bows???

    But your little guys make me excited for patterned shirts and cool shoes :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      you’re going to love having a boy, ashley. i felt sad about not having a girl when i was pregnant with toby, but now he and anton are the absolute loves and joys of my life. a year from now, you will look at your son and not BELIEVE how much you love that little guy :)

    • Angela says...

      I had a boy first and was like “What am i supposed to dress this kid in?” But it turns out boys are just as fun to dress. It may be a little more difficult to find what you want, but there are lots of cute options, particularly in online shops, which tend to offer more than what could be found in a physical location. Congrats on your little guy!

  35. Janine says...

    His tip about batteries and a screwdriver??? Actually genius advice. I love his tip about helping your brother his luggage, but Don’t get too close in case he hits. Also wise

  36. Paige says...

    This made me laugh out loud… in the middle of Starbucks! This is literally all good advice and I’m 22. Stay cool, Toby.

  37. Julia says...

    Chiming in with the “yes a conversation with Toby and/or Anton!” Post always gets me excited. I was going to read it at work but actually waited until I got home to curl up with my dog and a cup of tea to really enjoy. These posts are truly my favorite. Toby may definitely be a writer like his dad, his insight is on point! Thanks for sharing.

    • Alexandra says...

      And his mom! :)

  38. Brooke Ferguson says...

    TOBY IS SEVEN?!?!??!?!

  39. Ana says...

    That was super sweet. He sounds like a great traveler! I especially like the tips about car rentals and what to do when your brother is tired.

  40. As a grownup, it can be pretty easy to let the stress of travel over take you and become a person who taps her foot, sighs deeply and rolls her eyes (guilty). Next time I fly I am going to put on my Toby-colored glasses where the red drink straws are beautiful, the middle seat is coveted and the snacks are unlimited (because they let you).

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      :) :) :) :) :)

    • Katie. H says...

      Toby-colored glasses! :)

    • Alice says...

      Thumbs up on this insight :)

  41. Logan G says...

    Best. Thing. Ever.

    When I saw that this was going to be a post from Toby, I whisper-screamed, “YES!” at my work desk. It did not disappoint! Thanks so much, Jo, for sharing sweet moments from your boys with us. As a woman who wants to be a mamma, this means so much to me.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, logan, that is the nicest comment :) thank you :) you already sound like you’re going to be a really wonderful, loving parent.

  42. ruby jo says...

    Best post ever! Please rent Toby a Ferrari from Turo:)
    As a flight attendant may I add, that if you travel with your lovey please pin on contact information. Sometimes adults without children mistake “old and worn” for trash when really it’s usually the most important item to that child.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      what sweet and caring advice, ruby jo! thank you xoxo

    • Sarah says...

      You could also make name tags, like you would for a pet, and tie it on with a ribbon. Kids would love to help pick out the tag and watch the engraving machine work!

    • This reminds me of one time when we took a family trip to the beach and my little brother (probably 4 or 5 at the time) left his BELOVED bunny in the hotel room. He was of course devastated but when my parents contacted the hotel originally they couldn’t find him and we thought he was gone forever. Imagine our surprise and DELIGHT a week or so later he came in a package in the mail, along with a handwritten letter from bunny to my brother describing his adventures while he had been away! Apparently a wonderful member of the housekeeping staff found him and, understanding his importance, wanted to make sure my brother had a positive memory from the experience. We still talk about how we hope she got a bonus!

  43. Marcy K says...

    He is so practical and insightful! The part about helping a little brother that is upset is so nice and the part about not getting too close made me laugh. It’s an incredibly true lesson my 6 year old has learned about her little brother.

  44. I read your husband’s piece on AI in the NYT today! When he mentioned Toby and Anton I was like…wait they sound familiar :) Reading your kids’ perspectives is always fun!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes!! that was such a fun piece! alex almost always writes third-person pieces so it was really fun to read a first-person story :)

  45. Robin Tobin says...

    This is the sweetest post ever! Kids are often the best at getting in the spirit of adventure (at least in my family). Once, when my son Micah was 7 we were headed to NY to visit family and our flight from Denver was cancelled. We flew to St Louis, then to Baltimore and took Amtrack in to Penn Station and finally a cab to my aunt and uncle on the upper east side (we had to go back to LaGuardia later to get our bags!). Door to door it was 31 hours and I was a total stress case. My son, on the other hand found the whole experience exciting and thrilling! From midnight to 6 am, in the St Louis airport, we started chatting with a man who owned exotic animals, the most beloved of which was a chimp named Joey. I’m sure that gentleman had never before or since had a better audience for his chimp stories and videos than Micah; they chatted almost all night while my husband and took turns closing our eyes and cursing ourselves for packing the toothbrushes in the checked baggage. It was insane when it was happening, but that 31 hours of travel has become a favorite family story, and only Micah knew it would be so as it was unfolding.

  46. clementina says...

    omg this is amazing! Toby should collab more often, he’s hilarious! such a clever little dude <3

  47. Hilarious and perfect. Such thoughtful advice.

  48. Caitlin says...

    Everything this about this post is perfection! Thank you, Toby!

  49. Stacie says...

    This was so wonderful! Thanks for the tips, Toby! My husband, 1-year-old, and I will be traveling to Nova Scotia this June and I’ve never been on a plane – so I think his tips would still help a 29-year-old. lol I would love a fizzy apple drink!

  50. Maranda says...

    “But don’t go close to him in case he hits you. Take a step back.” These tips put a big smile on my face. Thanks for the advice, Toby!

  51. Angel says...

    Can Toby be a regular on Cup of Jo? I love this!

  52. Liss says...

    Toby, your travel tips are so thoughtful! Makes me want to ask a few follow-up questions: any advice on how to make visiting nieces/nephews (ages 1 year to 5!) feel at home? We’re playing host for the very first time :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      what a sweet question! i know that kids love Important Jobs — like if you have the orange juice pourer or the dessert chooser? :) i’m sure that even just by asking the question, though, you are the kind of person who will make them feel welcome and comfortable!

    • dd says...

      If it was my kids coming, I would feel so relieved to find the some basic baby-proofing, like having the outlets and brick fireplace area covered and treasured but breakable decorations put away or up. Grab some books from the library and put them under the tree for the kids to discover-you can even wrap them first and let them open when they are ready to read. Kitchen utensils and a plastic strainer make great bath toys in a pinch and if you don’t have sippy cups kids can drink from a shot glass with a little extra help. It’s their size and it is so cool to use something that’s usually reserved for grown-ups. Good luck and enjoy!

  53. May says...

    What a riot, he is the best! Thank you Toby, some great advise!

  54. Sadie says...

    I love this so much! Isn’t seeing your kids chat with strangers the best? On our last trip, my son (4) was so excited for seatmates. Someone would sit down, and he would ask hopefully, “Who is that? Someone we haven’t met yet?” He ended up making friends with a grandfatherly man who sat next to us on a red-eye. At one point I woke up to discover my so fast asleep on the man’s arm. I immediately said, “Oh, I’m so sorry!” and went to move him, but the man just said, “Shhh,” and waved me away. They chatted like old friends until we parted ways in Keflavik. It’s the kind of thing that makes you believe in people.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, i love that so much!

  55. Ashley says...

    Adorable. Made me smile during my long commute! :)

  56. This post is adorable! I think he’s giving excellent advice. I have to laugh about the rental car. I can pretty much guarantee my daughters never paid any attention to what rental car we had. Even today, as adults, I don’t think they notice. One of those girl/boy differences I guess!

  57. sarah-mai says...

    This makes my heart burst…what a sweetheart!

  58. Olivia says...

    I feel like this is more or less just a legitimate travel tips article. Lol

    Totally agree about the jean jacket! It’s definitely my vacation go-to and I always feel cool in it, too :)

  59. Carrie Brass says...

    what a cutie!

  60. Tess Williams says...

    I HAVE to know what the story is about the screwdriver and batteries!!

  61. Emily says...

    This is just the sweetest. Such a cutie. Thanks for sharing.

  62. Erin says...

    Just love this!!! So great (and true tips) :0 Thank you, Toby!

  63. Ana says...

    The Playmobil Porshe was a huge success here, last year. This year, it is all about Hot Wheels. The “saying thank you” to unwanted presents still needs a lot of work. We’ll try to solve it until the 24th ;)
    Happy Holidays, all COJ readers a Jo’s lovely family!

  64. Katie McFarlane says...

    Too funny! Wise words of advice, Toby 😂

  65. Katja says...

    More than hilariously pretty!! Toby knows what he’s talking about. I definitely take the advice with the dangerous sibling :) Cheers to Toby with lots of fizzy apple and snacks!

  66. Michelle says...

    He’s a natural! My almost five year old is going to love these (and probably quote Toby at some point).

  67. Amy V says...

    Great tips Toby! Especially for screwdriver for toys, how genius :D I loved reading this, as a mother of an 8 month old boy I look forward to asking Leo for his tips when he’s old enough to make the trip to England for Christmas (we live in New Zealand)

    • 613bean says...

      I have a Leo, too! Named after his great grandpa. :)

  68. Amanda says...

    My son is almost five and is also obsessed with Playmobil! (To be honest, I kind of am, too.)

  69. Jodi says...

    “But don’t go close to him in case he hits you. Take a step back.” Haha, I could’ve used this advice growing up with my sister! Also, packing a snazzy jean jacket is an excellent tip. Who doesn’t want to feel snazzy?!

  70. Amy H says...

    A fizzy apple – he’s so cosmopolitan! We are totally going to start making fizzy apples at our house.

  71. Carrie says...

    Thank you for sharing Toby– what a kid!

  72. Martha says...

    “I don’t like the window seat because I feel like I’m going to fall off the plane.” I just love this, Toby. You are the bee’s knees!

    I also love your advice on engaging fellow passengers by asking how they’re doing. I have a 3.5 year old daughter who refuses to say hello or goodbye to people. Will this ever change? Kidding!! …. No but really, will it? 😂😏😬

    Have an awesome trip! Thanks for all the tips.

    • Michelle says...

      I’m with you!

  73. “Ask your parents to pack a screwdriver and batteries for your trip. Presents sometimes need those things to work.” Brilliant advice, Toby!

  74. Lauren says...

    This should have been recorded as a video! This kid is great.

  75. Kiersten says...

    While reading this post, I had to share Toby’s top notch advice on choosing a seat on the plane with my husband. We were hysterical.

  76. Morgan says...

    “snazzy”…what’s not to love?

  77. suzie says...

    Excellent advice Toby, you are wise beyond your years. Thank you.

  78. Sarah says...

    So heartwarming! I absolutely loved reading this!

  79. Emily says...

    This is so sweet. I especially love his plane advice <3

  80. SG says...

    I love this! Toby is awesome 😍

  81. Liv says...

    Well this is ridiculously cute! Oh Toby.

  82. LV says...

    This was so fun to read. More Toby interviews!!!!!!!

  83. Annie says...

    This is adorable AND practical. Thanks Toby!

  84. I love this sooooo much. He will love looking back at these interviews later! Now I’m going to share this post with some friends who will also love it. :)

  85. Sarah says...

    I always love hearing what Toby has to say!!

  86. Laura says...

    What a sweetheart! Do you ever feel that he is an old soul? He seems wise beyond his seven years.

  87. Lauren says...

    I would love to sit next to Toby on a plane and drink a fizzy apple. This is adorable!

  88. Stephi B says...

    Oh my goodness! I’m a flight attendant and if I run into Toby on one of my flights he can definitely have all of the snacks! And a fizzy apple! <3 <3 <3

  89. Laurence says...

    Toby, tu es merveilleux! You make my day :-)

  90. Jo says...

    On-point, Toby! Such great tips.

    The note about younger siblings that hit made me lol and aso love Anton, more.. haha.

  91. Malissa says...

    I don’t have children (nephews are great!), but this seriously made me tear up and get chills. This is ABSOLUTELY adorable – all of it.

  92. Sally says...

    So friggin awesome. Best thing i read all week!

    • Taryn says...

      I totally agree!

  93. Rainbow says...

    Cutest fucking post ever!

  94. Heather says...

    Oh my goodness! The cuteness hurts!

  95. I mean this from the bottom of my heart. This is some of the best travel and holiday advice I’ve read to date. Thank you Toby!

  96. Amanda says...

    Loved this! He is such a sweet boy and I love his point of view!

  97. ALV says...

    Maybe Toby should have a regular guest spot? I loved his fashion advice and the travel advice is also spot-on. New monthly feature?

    • Robin says...

      So much yes!!

    • Julia says...

      YES!! I could do weekly but would settle for monthly.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      you guys are so sweet! :) i bet he would love that, haha.

  98. Hilary Tschoepe says...

    Oh, I look forward to more of these! Thanks, Toby! Merry Christmas!

  99. Catharine says...

    (PS: “Toby’s Tips” should totally be a regular thing–the kid is very helpful!)

    • Rachel says...

      I second this!

  100. Catharine says...

    This is all such great advice, Toby! I think your mom and dad should totally rent the Ferrari!

  101. This is unbearably lovely.

  102. Gotta love a guy who is into the details like beautiful red straws, packing batteries and a screwdriver, and knows when to give his little brother some space! This was such a sweet post! Happy Holidays to you all!

  103. Em says...

    What a doll.

  104. ALI says...

    Urgh Toby slays me! Great advice Tobs :) x

  105. “Take a step back.”
    This has made my day, my week, my year! Crying laughing, thank you so much for sharing. xx
    And happy holidays, Toby!

  106. Meredith says...

    Oh my what fun to read Toby’s suggestions! A fizzy apple! Ask for all the snacks! Don’t get too close to your cranky brother.
    What a love he is.

  107. Janina says...

    I love this!

  108. Beth says...

    I agree about the red straws, Toby. They give your drinks something special!

  109. Valerie says...

    These posts are the best! My daughter just said to me “let’s go to Italy again so that I can watch Doc McStuffins on the plane”!

  110. Sara says...

    This sentence just killed me “Ask your parents to pack a screwdriver and batteries for your trip. Presents sometimes need those things to work. If you don’t have them, you might get upset.”. So wise! My kids are older (12) but still say amazing things that remind me that they are also still young.

  111. Cazmina says...

    What fantastic advice, Toby!
    I laughed so hard at “A long time ago, we met a guy with long hair. Maybe in 2012.” Can Toby even remember 2012? It’s so adorable and hilarious!

    If you’d asked me when I was a kid, my advice would have been to always drink first when sharing a soda with your sibling,

  112. Jenny says...

    He’s just the absolute best! And such good tips. Thanks for sharing him with us.

  113. Great tips, Toby! So adorable!

  114. Charlotte K says...

    When the pilot came on yesterday to tell us we were in for bad turbulence I wish I’d had this list to make me laugh. The flight actually turned out fine but I always have Owl with me on all my trips. Toby is so right about that!

  115. Kirsten says...

    I am genuinely now taking Toby’s rental car advice, and I am 38 years old. We had a few mishaps with Alamo over the years. Toby is like the Buddha.

  116. shannon says...

    Tired sibling advice is the SAME as tired spouse advice 😂

    Thank you Toby! Your ideas are really clever and wise!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha good point, shannon ;)

  117. Libbynan says...

    I just love this age group! My six-year-old great-grandson invited my husband to come for mass last Friday at his parochial school. Afterwards he solemnly told my husband that the new priest was really nice and everyone likes him, but he’s a brand new priest and not really a “pro” yet. I feel like his travel tips might sound quite a bit like Toby’s.

    • ana says...

      ‘not really a “pro” yet’ – haha thats brilliant!

  118. Liz says...

    Thank you, Toby, for helping me remember what is important before traveling to see the in-laws next week!

  119. Diana Tisdale says...

    “Ask your parent to bring a screwdriver and batteries” -brilliant!

    His tired sibling advice will serve him well for all stages of life, lol

  120. Amy says...

    Toby’s tips are the best!

  121. L8Blmr says...

    We don’t have any kids but if we did, we would totally want a Toby!

  122. Anna says...

    I’m taking the advice on tired siblings. Will definitely find it useful once my brother arrives, even though we are all grown up, ha.

  123. jaime says...

    This is the greatest. That is all.

  124. Emma says...

    I’m reading this in a library and had to keep myself from audibly laughing multiple times – his answers are just the sweetest!

  125. I thought a Playmobil Porsche dealership must have been something Toby imagined but that couldn’t possibly exist…and then I googled it! Big kids have such fancy toys (we are still in the Fisher Price and Duplo age)!

  126. Amy says...

    My kids are also playmobil obsessed. My son asked Santa for the Egyptian pyramid and my daughter (also 7) wants the shopping mall which they no longer make. Eep!

  127. Emma says...

    Love this.

    When I was growing up in Germany (American in an American family, but living in a smaller German town and attending German school), we always had so many Playmobils. Not in the orderly way that most of my friends got them – a specific item each birthday from the store – but instead purchased en-masse at the flea markets over the years. Loved them. I had two favorite pieces – a little girl in a green dress I named “April and a chimpanzee. Such great toys.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that sounds so wonderful, emma!

  128. Maria Castro-Castillo says...

    Thank you Toby! Great advise!
    Totally agree about not having to kiss the relatives if you do not want to!
    We, adults should never force children to kiss people if they don‘t want to. Sometimes kids are tired,or not in the mood or thinking they would rather play straight away with the other kids in the family and not stand there like statues being kissed by adults.

  129. Your boys are so gorgeous. My youngest one is just about to graduate year 12 and I am missing the cute “little man” stage where they still want to climb on your lap and snuggle :) The look on their faces in that top photo is precious :) Thank you for sharing them with us