The Bad Influence
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The Bad Influence

That Time My 2 Year Old Almost Got Us Done For Theft In Indonesia

I couldn’t help laughing, albeit being nervous, tired laughter…

Image by ElisaRiva from Pixabay

Traveling with toddlers is quite a job all by itself without any added mishaps. OK, let’s face it, traveling with a toddler actually means you’re holding an imaginary lottery card of potential mishaps and hoping you’re going to strike it lucky — by having minimal issues.

Did I mention I made this trip with my little girl when she was 23 months old, just the two of us? 8 flights in 5 weeks, 4 of which were long haul.

No respite, no separation and the equivalent of sleep torture and having your nails pulled at times – only it was with the added benefit of sun, sea, sand and more meals out.

Meals were had relatively peacefully; thanks to good old Peppa Pig and YouTube and Netflix’s Downloads!

I’m super lucky that my little girl is pretty chill in comparison to me. So, aside from having more energy than a Duracell bunny on speed chased with a Red Bull — she was brilliant to travel with.

Like any toddler, Ruby didn’t rate extended periods of time strapped into the buggy to get through international check-in and security…

This particular event was en route to flight number 4 of 8 in 5 weeks — leaving Bali to head into Sydney for the first time ever.

It was our first flight enduring the odd atmosphere as the COVID-19 pandemic had only recently hit the news and wasn’t affecting any of our destinations so far; it also didn’t have it’s name at this point either.

An anxious person anyway; I was doing my utmost to not soak in the fear and ruin our travels. Thankfully, we made it home before it really got going, avoiding being stuck in another country; though I’d hardly say Bali was the worst place in the world to get stuck in.

Anyway, I digress…

When we were travelling to the gate, I couldn’t believe my luck at the contented silence of my little obstacle climber.

I’d just picked up a book from the airport shop, Mindset by Dr Carol Dweck; looking for a literary fix to inspire my writing; pleased with my purchase I checked the gate on my phone.

Wait, she doesn’t have Peppa… Why is she so quiet?…

I look down into the buggy to see Ruby merrily clutching her very own copy of How To Raise Successful People by Esther Wojcicki.

Cheeky little git.

The irony.

Raise me better mummy, theft ought to teach you for imprisoning me in this comfy seat.

We didn’t get caught. I managed to mince my way back to the book shop and deposit it back on the shelf and carry on our merry way.

Laughing at the backhanded hint of apparent failed parenting my not-quite-2-year-old so creatively handed me.

It goes to show, silence in toddlers really is never to be trusted.

Amanda Jayne O’Hare

Amanda Jayne is single mummy to Ruby, aged 2, Personal Trainer and Nutrition Advisor of over a decade; and a C-PTSD warrior passionate about sharing all she’s learned about personal growth, self-development, fitness hacks, and her own healing and wellbeing journey.



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Amanda Jayne O'Hare

Amanda Jayne O'Hare


AuDHD Sass pot. Late recognised Autistic and ADHD Solo mum from pregnancy; C-PTSD warrior and Podcaster who loves to write out loud…