Of course, you are likely not done with your escapade upon the plane landing. But, your energy and patience (and everyone else’s) is likely depleted. Now is the time to ramp up that positive reinforcement, and if you have anything special left to incentivize the family, use it! Show pictures of your destination or remind your kids of fun things you have planned. Refuel with snacks, favorite drinks, and physical affection; this applies to both your kid(s) and you. Again, a calm parent (and not a hangry one) will more likely inspire calm in those around them. Take a deep breath when you need to. Let your kids “catch” you practicing your own coping strategies. Continuing in the same vein, vocalize your feelings to help inspire them to do the same: “I am feeling so tired”, or “This has been a long day.”
Let things go: Now isn’t the time to call out the rolling eyes, or the crossed arms. A little whining can be ignored as well.
When the day is done, practice self-compassion. Traveling with kids is hard, even when things go smoothly. Try to reflect on a positive moment or two, and for the rough patches, maybe identify something you would do differently next time. Laugh about what you can. Then, let it go, and expect some amnesia to settle in soon.