Learning on the Road

One of the main questions we get while traveling with our children is about their schooling. Many people seem to think that children must go to a school in order to receive their education we, on the other hand, disagree strongly with this. My husband and I believe that children learn best through living life to the fullest. Because of our philosophies, schooling as we travel comes naturally.

When we first began our journey on the road, our travel goals included things such as ways we can have fun as a family. Over the years, our goals have changed to going places where we can further encourage what our children are interested in. For example, when our oldest was interested in Pirates, we traveled to several places that talks about pirates and their lifestyle. We purchased books and games about pirates to encourage reading skills, and took part in several reenactments to encourage creativity. When our youngest decided he wanted to learn survival skills, we visited several Native American tribes in our journeys since we were in the United States at the time. There were many cultural lessons learned during that time as well.

All this to say that children learn from the things they see and do, not only from sitting at a desk in the classroom. I’m amazed at how much my children have learned through our travels. Not only have they learned many things that other students get through books, but they have become more aware of other cultures and how to interact with people different from themselves. I wouldn’t trade the education my children for anything.

If you have been holding off on traveling children finish school, perhaps you should reconsider. Those early years are the best time for your children to be exposed to the world around them. The lessons they learn from traveling will follow them the rest of their lives.

Road Adventures with Children

If you have ever traveled with children, you have very likely heard the phrase, “are we there yet?” Going from point A to point B can be quite an adventure with children, but they can make the journey a memorable one.

If your family is planning a road trip, there are some strategies you can use to help your travels go smoothly. Below are a few tips for you to consider before your next trip.

  1. Involve the entire family and planning the trip. Doing so will help your children be more involved and excited. You can perhaps have some brochures ready for them to look at and give them options on things they may want to do. Discuss with your family the things they would like to see and do while on your family trip.
  2. Pack light. Having to pack is the worst part of going on the trip. Unpacking is even worse in my opinion. Try not to become overwhelmed with packing. Most everything you may need can likely be found at a store where you are going. Almost every destination my family has been had a Walmart within miles of where we were staying.
  3. Always take food and drink. Everyone in my family tends to get grumpy when they are hungry. When we are taking a trip that is more than an hour away, I make sure to have plenty of snacks and water available. It is best to offer simple, healthy snacks over those that are sugary. You certainly don’t want your children bouncing off the back seat during a sugar rush.
  4. A week before you leave for your trip, make a list of things you need to do before leaving. Your list may include cleaning out your refrigerator, scheduling your bills, and talking to your neighbors about watching over your home while you’re away.
  5. Keep them entertained. Children can become quickly bored when they are on the road for a long trip. Find ways to help them overcome their boredom, such as using a DVD player or a tablet.

Hopefully, the above tips will help you and your family you travel. There are so many benefits to traveling with your family, so keep it positive and let the memories happen.

Learning to Pack Less Traveling with Children

If you’re anything like me, when you travel with your children, you want to travel as light as possible yet and sure you have everything you need on your trip. There have been times when I have had an entire suitcase packed full with items just to help my children travel more comfortably and stay entertained. I mean, everyone has to have their favorite pillow and blanket, stuffed animal, toys, tablet, and everything else that keeps your children comfortable and smiling.

I soon discovered that I didn’t enjoy taking a full suitcase of items for my children every time we traveled, though. Instead, packing smarter became the objective. When we travel, part of the goal is to leave the everyday burdens behind and enjoy where we are rather than what we have. That’s why I have decided I no longer want to take a bunch of stuff with us anymore. It’s just too hard for us to manage.

Don’t worry, if you decide to do the same, your kids will be just fine. In fact, I daresay you will be helping them learn to be resourceful and enjoy the environment away from home by bringing less stuff.

With that in mind, there are two things you need to ask yourself when packing for your children. First, what items are essential for you to travel? Second, what items are important for keeping your children safe while traveling?

For children, you should take a small amount of travel gear that includes a few sets of clothes and little entertainment. Of course, that also depends on how old your children are. For babies, you will of course the more items. There are many separate things you need to consider for babies, though. For instance, it is easier to move around less with babies because of how much gear they need.

For toddlers and older, really think about the above questions to determine what you need to take with you on your travels. Taking less stuff will allow you and your children to enjoy travels more.

Flying with Your Children

When people think of flying with kids in tow, many decide to play it safe and just stay home. We all know that flying with kids can be stressful. Many people without children complain about parents flying with their children in tow. Just thinking of those people and their glaring eyes can leave you shaking in the knees. You also have to consider what you will do if something is wrong while flying with them. What happens if your child throws a fit on the airplane? What if they decide they want to run all over the plane rather than sit still? What if they get sick?

There are so many things that can happen on when you travel with your children. Is it really worth the trouble?

Well, in my years of fighting with children, we have only experienced one issue that lasted around 15 minutes. Our youngest to just turned two years old and we were flying overseas. Our lovely two-year-old refused to put on her seatbelt for take off. She began screaming, and we were horrified. We could fill eyes all around us glaring at the screaming toddler. Eventually, she calmed down and the flight continued, but that was a long 15 minutes. Other than that one time, we have never had issues flying with our children.

So, what advice do I have to find children? I mean piece of advice is to teach your children good manners and respect. When children learn that everything is not all about them, they tend to control themselves better. And for those flying without children, the best advice is to have a little patience tolerance. Flying is a public affair, so you can only expect there may be children on board. You can’t simply ask them not to fly. It’s understandable that a screaming child can be frustrating, especially because you had to pay for your ticket, but the best way to get through a fight with unruly children is to control yourself.

And, as the parent, you know your children better than anyone. If your child typically enjoys relaxing to certain music or videos, or if they like to draw, take things on the flight with you that will keep them entertained and relatively quiet. Doing so will be beneficial to you, your children, and everyone else on board.