I’m sure the title is enough to send most moms and dads into mini breakdown mode. I am sure because I am one of those parents – yes really! It takes me about 2 hours to get the kids ready to go to the store down the road. By the time I gather my 17 month’s old diaper bag, my 6 year old has dropped something on her dreas or has suddenly decided she wants to wear her rollerblades!
However, once I set aside my fear of a forever stained car or running around looking for blanky in the middle of a resort,the thought of a new space and memories does bring a smile to my tired face. Hunky Hubby and I are firm believers that travelling with kids, or sharing experiences rather than things with them, really does teach them important life skills.
Here’s what our kids have learnt:
1) Change is exciting
As a child I went to 8 different schools in 4 different provinces in 12 years. I learnt that change is daunting and scary but also exciting and an opportunity to start anew! Fast forward a few years and 16 countries, change is now something I crave! My 5 year old relishes change and every new place visited is a chance to create a new friend or a new favourite nook.
I have yet to see a child with such a developed sense of empathy as Rachel. The ability to find common ground and see things from others point of view is a vital part of success and life. Travelling allows young minds to practise these skills
My little one has seen people under bridges as we handed out sandwiches in India, and kids playing with tyres and paper balls as they had nothing else out the window as we drove by. Travelling allows us to show our kids what gratitude really means. Gratitude for family, friends, shelter, a car, ice cream and of course, love!
We plot out our trips in advance and the kids know that it takes determination and sacrifice to make these trips happen. Money, time and sometimes other treats are in short supply when we are working towards a family goal but when we succeed it shows what can be accomplised with a bit of grit!
5) Be aware of strange people and people doing strange things
Strangers are not all bad, and sometimes the best networking or career moments, and the most long lasting friendships come from talking to strangers. The lesson here is that nothing ever good comes from talking to overly stramge people or people doing strange things. For example, stay away from an adult asking a kid for help with a puppy or a hurt person, that is strange and not good!
Travelling feeds the soul, it teaches our kids all the things we tell them but in a wy that is effortlessly imprinted. So, brave the chaos, contact your trusted Travel Consultant and fuel their minds! Alternatively plan a weekly “trip” online using videos and pics of your destination of choice. Cook thar countries main dishes, dress the part and explore!