If you’re a parent, you’ll know only too well the difficulties of traveling with children.
The little ones get bored easily, they get uncomfortable during long trips and you’ve got to make sure there’s food at the destination that they’ll be willing to stick in their mouths.
Thankfully there are some holiday destinations that pride themselves on being child-friendly.
But as one mum recently discovered, after she planned a trip especially for her young child, things still don’t always work out the way you’d like.
Writing in a post on the parenting forum Mumsnet, a user going by the name MorrisZapp revealed that she’d just returned from what was meant to be an "amazing" short break in London.
She’d planned the holiday with her eight-year-old son in mind, selecting activities that she thought he would enjoy including the Making of Harry Potter Tour, a visit to the Science Museum, a Red Arrows Flying Experience and a shopping trip around the Lego Store in Leicester Square.
But during the getaway her little boy seemed less than impressed with all her efforts and she says she ended up coming home in a "hideous mood" due to his behaviour.
The mum wrote: "My son is eight and we have just taken him on an amazing short break to London. Entire thing planned round him. Harry Potter tour, amazing Lego shop, chain restaurants to satisfy his boring palate.
"We had a great time but now heading home in hideous mood due to him being rude and ghastly in the last few hours of our trip.
"I’ve just spent the last part of this holiday standing in Hyde Park in beautiful autumn sun having a three-way raging row with son and partner."
She goes on to explain that she never got to do anything like this when she was a kid and can’t believe what an "ungrateful wretch" her child has been.
"I’m not looking for advice, son will grow up and become human, as I did. I just want someone to say they’ve felt this frustration too, and maybe get some free gin or something… AAAAAAAAARGH!"
After posting, she latter adds that from now on the family will "just stay at home and go to the park until he’s old enough to grasp the basics of human kindness".
This she claims will "save thousands of pounds, many ill-advised snacks and possibly [her] relationship."
Lots of other mums were quick to sympathise and share their own horrific holiday experiences.
One said: "I’m not going into detail but I am the parent who was crying (actual tears) in Disney this week."
Another commented: "On holiday this year, think five star all-inclusive. Son sat on the sun bed with a face like thunder as he was ‘bored’. I lost it. Utterly lost it and started ranting ‘which of the five swimming pools do you find boring? Or maybe it’s the on-site water park or fun fair or bowling alley that doesn’t pique your interest?
"Husband had to lead me off and feed me margaritas to calm down."
A third wrote: "I sympathise. Had identical scenario during the summer, lovely holiday abroad, on a campsite completely geared up for children, but no, nothing good enough for the hormonal eight-year-old who spent most of the time creating over one thing or another like a spoilt brat.
"I’ve never been so embarrassed or felt like such a failure as a parent…. Came away vowing not to take him on holiday again."
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