Traveling with children allows parents to experience the world through a child’s eyes. It is such a delight to see things in a fresh way. There is also a flip side to this. When traveling, one sometimes encounters the unexpected and even the upsetting. It can be unnerving. When this happens, children need to be able to turn to a parent who will explain what they are seeing.
As the well known travel writer Pico Iyer described the experience of traveling with children: “Wisdom needs innocence and innocence needs wisdom.”
It is important to remember that many children are highly attuned to their surroundings. They will be more sensitive than we adults are to what they see. As adults we have learned to filter our surroundings. We have learned to put things into context and to focus our attention. Young children do not have those filters yet. They take it all in—sights, sounds, smells.
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When traveling, we leave the comfortable routine of our lives to gamble on adventure. For this reason, it is the perfect metaphor for teaching our children to “get out of their comfort zones” and experience new things. Your attitude about travel will be communicated to your children. Let them know how excited you are for the upcoming trip. Talk excitedly about all of the things they can look forward to: different sights, foods, terrain, culture, architectural monuments and places of historical significance.
In addition to doing these things, I have learned a couple of other useful things over the years when traveling with my children:
-Remember that Children often see more. They are sensitive to their environments in ways that adults are not. It is good to remember that new smells, sights, tastes, sounds, mannerisms, etc. will make a big impression, especially if being experienced for the first time.
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Meet Haleakala Wilson, a proud School of Rock mom. This proud mother of 4 has seen the power of music and performance help her son grow. Haleakala has shared some information about herself and we would like our ParentClick Las Vegas members and readers get to know her:
Share ONE FUN FACT about you:
* She is a dancer - performing is in the blood!
What is one your indulgences or vices?
* Diet Coke
What is the last book you read or one of your favorites?
* A Northern Light is one of my favorites!
Favorite local restaurant?
* Nielsen's Frozen Custard
* When my son Max sings TnT with the School of Rock House Band.
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