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View from the Road: From for Children Traveling Internationally With One Parent Or With Someone Who Is Not A Parent Or Legal Guardian

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Today I am flying with my toddler overseas for the first time and I am doing so without my significant other.  Which makes crossing borders a little bit trickier. To make things easier at border crossings I created a Consent for International Travel Fillable Form that we had notarized that I will be using which I am attaching here for you to use as well. I have also created a Consent for International Travel Fillable Form Sample that you can download if you want to see one already filled out The government does not give you a specific letter but rather guidelines on how you can create a letter for yourself.

See the memo below from the US Government:

Children Traveling With One Parent Or With Someone Who Is Not A Parent Or Legal Guardian

If a child (under the age of 18) is traveling with only one parent or with someone who is not a parent or legal guardian, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) strongly recommends that the accompanying adult have a note from the non-traveling parent (or, in the case of a child traveling with neither parent, a note signed by both parents) stating “I acknowledge that my wife/husband/etc. is traveling out of the country with my son/daughter/group. He/She/They has/have my/our permission to do so.”

CBP suggests that this note be notarized.  If there is no second parent with legal custody of the child (e..g., the second parent is deceased, one parent has sole custody, etc.), relevant paperwork such as a court decision, birth certificate naming only one parent, death certificate, etc., would be useful as well.

While CBP may not ask to see this documentation when the child enters the U.S., the U.S. is very sensitive to the possibility of child abduction and trafficking, and the child and accompanying adult could be detained if questions arise about the situation.  While the U.S. does not require this documentation, many other countries do, and onward travel could be impeded without a notarized permission letter and/or other documentation.  (Canada, for example, has very strict requirements in this regard).

This advice applies to U.S. citizens and non-citizens alike.  More information can be found on the Customs and Border Protection website.

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View Deals: Passover and Easter Printable’s from our sister site

Passover and Easter are coming up very shortly!  So to celebrate I have made placemats for kids to celebrate both holidays! Make sure you head over my company’s Etsy Shop to pick yours up today! Only $6 each but as a gift for visiting one of my blog’s I’m going to give you a discount! Apply this code at check out and receive 15% off: EASYEVENTIDEAS15 

As a work from home mom I’ve gotta push my product 🙂 thank’s everyone!

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View from the Home: Top 5 – 18 Month Old Boy Toys

So I officially have a 1 1/2 year old boy and he certainly has his favorite toys.  If you are on the hunt for toys for a 18 month old boy here is a list of all of our current favorite to help you in your selection!  This list is also good if you’re shopping for a first birthday party but want to get something they can grow into!

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The Coozy Coop my little one will hop in one of these any chance he gets! We don’t actually own one but our playground is a toy grave yard with lots of these!  We also have some special addition ones at school like the police car and the Truck. He will ride on any car he can get his hands on!

2.  51oZCorexdL._SL160_Hotwheel Cars

My little one loves cars and trucks and busses he can’t get enough.  Number two on our list is hot wheel cars.  My son will spend HOURS lining these cars up and moving them and lining them up again!  Highly recommended and small enough to store in a small condo unlike the Coozy Coop.

3. Little People Collection little-people_tcm219-239557

I remember playing with Little People when I was younger though back then they were much smaller more of a choking hazard.  But today’s Little People  are absolutely adorable with millions of different sets! Some of our favorites are:

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We love to build!  And the Megabloks we got are just the best for building with little hands.  We’ve tired Duplo’s but they aren’t as easy to build with at this stage as the  Megabloks.  You will not regret your investment in these great toys!


5. 215sYbTwXsL._SL160_Parents Magazine Bee Bop Band Play & Learn Drum & Instruments

Musical instruments are great for all little ones!  They love to bang them around and make noise.  Whether it’s this drum kit we love or a fun xylophone, my little one loves to make music!


Bonus Toy!

The Easel!!! mala-easel-white__0135810_PE292683_S4

My little one is OBSESSED with drawing on his easel.  Since I won’t let him use the white markers yet I just roll the paper over that portion and he draws with chalk on either side. He absolutely loves it and uses it every single day! We got ours from Ikea.