After traveling the world with first my little girl and then with her and the little boy there is one thing I have learned, BREAK YOUR FLIGHT UP!
There is no reason to have a journey where you, your partner and the kids are tired, cranky and unhappy. Instead of catching and stressing over connections, STOP. The majority of today’s airports offer hotels either within the terminal or just outside the terminal. Take advantage of an additional stop. Go and get yourself a good nights sleep, or take the kids outside for a play, show them a new playground, a new beach and teach them something new. Not only will you feel better, see more, but you will also decrease your jet lag.