Mom’s Magazine has been talking to BubbleBum CEO Grainne Kelly about her experiences with traveling with Kids and the benefits for them . Have a look here to see the full post on Mom’s Magazine, or check it out below.
10 Things Kids Learn from Travel
Children of all ages can benefit from travel, as kids learn through experiencing life. For example, they learn to speak by hearing, they learn to climb by crawling over rocks and furniture, and they learn compassion and hope by seeing other people in environments differing from their own. As parents, we want to bring up our kids to be kind, loving, and smart. We also want to give them an education that will serve them well in life.
Here are 10 beneficial things that your kiddos can learn from travel:
1. Problem Solving – From location transportation to currency exchange, there are all kinds of things to figure out when visiting a new country. Make your kids a part of the process by figuring out how to get from point A to point B without using GPS. Old fashioned map reading shouldn’t be a lost art. If US dollars aren’t accepted in the country you’re visiting, also teach your kids how to calculate money exchange rates.
2. Language – Traveling is a great way to immerse yourself in a new language. Before your trip try to learn basic phrases that will help you find the hotel, a restaurant, a bathroom, or a hospital. Be dedicated to use as much of the foreign language as possible on your trip.
3. Geography, History, and Culture – Kids have the misconception that everyone lives like we do in the U.S. Before you go, prepare them for things they may see on your adventure. For example, look at the location on a map or globe and point out bordering countries.
4. Empathy – If your travels take you to a country where people are less fortunate, kids will develop a compassion for others who struggle in daily life. It will help them be more appreciative for the easy things in American life.
5. Confidence – Some kids like routine and the status quo, so trying new things can be a real struggle. Visiting new places gives them the opportunity to try new foods and activities.
6. Tolerance – Many countries have people from various religious and cultural backgrounds, all living in harmony. Kids learn to see what people have in common and not just focus on the apparent differences. Visiting ancient ruins or temples can be enlightening to kids on many levels.
7. Memories are made by people, not places. When kids look back on family vacations, it’s not the destination they will remember as much as they time they spent with family. Experiences bind families together.
8. Patience – Things don’t always turn out as planned. Flights get delayed, weather cancels planned activities, and foods are strange. Adapting to the situation and enjoying all aspects of the journey are life lessons they will take with them wherever they go.
9. Water – Not all countries have water that is safe to drink. Becoming aware that water can cause serious illness is crucial for having a pleasant vacation. Carrying water, conserving, and being aware of where you can purchase safe water is something the kids can be a part of.
10. Autonomy – Parents have only two arms and two legs, so kids need to be responsible for carrying their own stuff. Thinks about the weight of things when packing and how much each child can tow with a rolling suitcase or in a backpack.
Traveling is an amazing gift for kids. Whether your travels are domestic or international, there are cultures to experience and history to appreciate. Respecting how others live in various regions can change their perspective on how differences can be a common thread between all people. Giving your child a global perspective will open up his mind to new and exciting adventures.