Travel and Family Connections

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  1. Kristi says:

    Great reminders!

  2. So true! One of the reasons I love travelling with my kids the most is because we have time together away from the routines and schedules and work and school commitments. I definitely need to try and do this more during the day-to-day however. Good reminder 🙂

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Katja, We all try every day don’t we? But like you said…it is nice to have the extra relaxed time without rushing to finish homework before rushing to soccer, before more rushing. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  3. karla says:

    I like the last one. I don’t have kids but I teach in a preschool. It is true, for them everything is big and everything matters and if you listen to them, they will appreciate it big time. I usually give my 2-3year old kids time to share what they did the day before even if its just one word, that’s how they learn. Kids also want to feel important and that they have a say ( choice ) in decision making even if it is just as simple as “5 minutes or 10 minutes?”

    • NatalieTanner says:

      I bet they just love that time!! You make them feel so important. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. You make a difference in their lives!

  4. Great Post Natalie!!
    I remember when I was a child how hard was to talk with my mum about the little big things that happen in school, with friend, my doubts and fears. But she always supported me and let me express myself. Now as adult I´m confident, and I can stand for my myself and I can express my feeling. This make life whole easier. Can´t no the thankful enough to her for all the talking and listening we had as a kid!
    All the best,

    Nat

  5. Chris says:

    Some sound (and I must say sweet) tips in that little post. 🙂

  6. I have so many absolutely fantastic memories of our family travel adventures when I was a kid…my parents took us on at least one road trip a year and I remember feeling so important to them as we took those journeys!

  7. I am hoping that when I have kids I can take them on some more unique travels for sure

  8. elizabeth says:

    Both our kids and our nieces and nephews love stories of when we were young- their age. They never seem to get tired of the hearing the same stories. The dinner table is a good place to make this time at home.

  9. theglobewanderers says:

    What a lovely post. I love the last tip! Always listen to the small things, because to the little’uns, even the small things seem really big. I’m not a mum yet, but I will commit this to memory for when the time comes :).

    Gabby

  10. And please don’t constantly moan at them in public. It’s tough for others to sit and listen to (she says having never had a kid to deal with!)

  11. Great advice! Particularly love the quote as it is so true. We don’t have children of our own but nieces and nephews and this is a great post for us to reflect on and learn from.

    • NatalieTanner says:

      We often travel with much loved extended family members! Your nieces and nephews can learn so much from you! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  12. I am not a mum yet but will keep these in mind! I have been an English teacher for kids all over South America and most of the points you have highlighted are very true! I am kind of confused with what they say that kids never lie tho. I don’t think that’s the case here in South America so sometimes, I really get impatient and only listen to ‘some’ things they say.

    • NatalieTanner says:

      It is not at all true that kids don’t lie, but it is the motivation that is different. Sometimes ‘lies’ or ‘huge exaggerations’ are ways to get attention or even ways to work through an issue. Say for example, a child was embarrassed by something that happened and wished he had reacted differently. Sometimes he will retell the story in a way that he reacted the way he wished it had happened. Again, one of the most valuable things we can do for children is listen. Their little brains work differently that ours do and being validated can mean so much. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your comment. 🙂

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