My daughter is basically a carbon copy of my husband. Extroverted, full of energy, and loves to explore, travel, and do new things. While we’ve made the most of this summer at home with a newborn, I can tell my daughter is getting antsy around the house.
Everyday she asks where we’re going, who we’re going to see, and what we’re going to do. (forget a quiet day at home) when we told her we’re going on a “trip” she instantly got her backpack, packed her clothes, and wanted to leave immediately.
I’m more of a home body and the idea of traveling with a toddler and a newborn isn’t very appealing to me. But I knew that traveling, despite it’s inconveniences, and the amount of energy it takes, would be a good thing for our family. Here are three things I believe we benefit from when traveling with a preschooler.
Traveling Grows Patience.
I’ll be the first to admit that traveling can be exhausting, and believe me when I say we’ve had our fair share of bad traveling experiences. The preparation, keeping kids happy in the car, getting out of a routine etc. all requires extra patience on everyones part, especially mine.
But I’ve also seen how it’s grown patience in my daughter. She used to hate her carseat but after three years of numerous trips, she’s become a much more content traveler. She sings songs, plays games, and entertains herself extremely well. I don’t believe she would’ve developed this skill this early if we hadn’t taken so many trips.
2. Traveling Expands Their Knowledge of the World
We recently took a mini trip to Chattanooga, TN, for a wedding and a mini trip. Even just going somewhere close expanded Ellie’s knowledge and view of the world. She learned what hiking is, she tried new foods, and swam in a water hole.
She also loves the mountains that we saw and climbed. Any parent knows that it’s so fun to experience things through the eyes of their child because they see things in new and exciting ways. We love taking our daughter on mini trips because she gets to interact with all kinds of different people. She also learns that the world doesn’t revolve around her.
3. Traveling Makes Our Family Grow Closer
There’s nothing like getting lost on an uphill hike with a toddler and a newborn to bring you closer together as a family.
While we were hiking we were looking for a waterhole to swim in. And even though we followed the trail sign, it was the wrong trail. My husband had our three year old on his back and I’m carrying our newborn in a wrap and we’re walking straight up a hill of rocks. After about 15 minutes and both of us being soaked through with sweat, I asked if we could go back. My husband humbly admitted he made a mistake and we headed back to the beginning of the trail.
Traveling together as a family doesn’t just make you closer through shared experiences, it also allows our children to see how we work through conflict, mistakes, and accidents.
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