Travel and Family Connections
Travel and connect with your family
Travel gives us time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Families have full plates! We work, clean the house, shop for food, shuttle kids to and from, pay the bills, earn money, take care of the yard, get the car’s oil changed, exercise, plan dentist appointments and well visits, arrange day care, get dogs to the vet, pick up the dry cleaning, and on and on and on.
Travel presses the pause button!
Travel adventures with extra time together is the perfect opportunity to connect with your children and family members. Sometimes the day to day nitty gritty of dinner time and soccer practice and ball games and grocery shopping get in the way of bonding time. How many times have you said, “Uh, huh” or “Sure thing” to your child who then pointed out that your response made no sense because you weren’t really, 100% listening?
Travel and get off the merry go round!
Travel and Family Connections: How to use travel to connect with your family and loved ones.
Travel and Family Connections: Listen
The single most important thing you can do is listen.
How do you get them talking? Try a catch phrase: “What do you know that’s good?” is the one my dad used and the one I use with my kids. It is an open invitation to talk about anything.
Listening is your opportunity to see the world from your child’s perspective, which will allow you to make better decisions on how to guide them.
Listening is really an active process – “we make sense of, assess, and respond to what we hear”. We need to really listen to kids.
Travel and Family Connections: Talk
Tell short stories about things that happened to you when you were kiddos age. Now is the time to tell the embarrassing stuff – it will let kiddo know they are not alone in feeling less than perfect.
“Most importantly, (during busy scheduled regular life) parents lose the opportunity for perhaps the highest-quality time with their children. Some of the best interactions occur during downtime—just talking…”
Travel and Family Connections: Be open minded
Don’t judge! Some of what comes out of the kiddos mouth is just being tried on for size. Perhaps even said to judge your reaction. Do your best to just listen.
A fantastic quote from C. Wallace:
Listen earnestly to the things your children tell you no matter what. If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big….
because to them all of it has always been big stuff.
Happy travels and lots of big stuff,
Natalie, The Educational Tourist