On my guest post, “Wow! A 2-yr old Fil-Am boy has traveled to 10 countries worldwide” on another blog site, one person left a comment that says, “He will not remember it.. hehe..” (original post in Tagalog: ‘Di nmn nya mttandaan yn..hehe..’). I was actually shocked that somebody will make that kind of comment. I didn’t bother to reply.
Waiting for our departure at John F Kennedy International Airport
People will never question you when you read stories to your children or when you take them to the playground.
They will even encourage you to bring your kids to their grandparents or to the supermarket.
And yet, somebody will actually make a comment on traveling with young kids just because they won’t remember any of it.
Why do we do anything with our kids? Why do we change their diapers and put on new clothes? Why do we prepare nice meals for them, puree their foods and cut the fruits in different shapes? Why do we even read books, play blocks or sing nursery rhymes with them?
We do all these because we want them to know that we love them and we care for them. They will not remember them, and yet we still do them because we know they are important.
Charles used to scream in the airplane, wake up other passengers and not put on the seatbelt. Now, whenever he hears the engine, it means he has to sit and stay still for take-off and landing. He won’t stay still during the flight, but he makes sure that he won’t touch other passengers. At two years old, he puts on his seatbelt even if he doesn’t understand its significance yet. Planning a trip with your kids? See our Tips for Traveling with an Infant Alone.
If you have young children and you’re wondering if it is at all worth it to bring your kids on trips either throughout the rest of America or even abroad, here is why you should absolutely make that effort.
They are more willing to try new things (experience)
Young children that are exposed to new sights and foods at an early age become more adventurous adults. They don’t balk at a plate of food they’ve never seen. They are eager to try it. They don’t look at a new landscape and feel fear but rather, they feel comfortable exploring it. They become independent, confident and adaptable.
“You can buy children anything in the world, but nothing will compare to the memories you make with them.”
Our first family cruise: 7-Day Western Caribbean Cruise
They get to see new things (exposure)
Even as babies, our children take in everything they see. They might not be able to recall this later on, but the more things they see and experience, the broader their horizons will be.
“Through unstructured exploration, we foster the development of imagination and creativity.” – Beth Rosenthal Davis
Charles didn’t want to walk on the sand nor play with it. He didn’t like it at all. Whenever we walked on the beach, Charles wanted us to carry him. He always had his slippers on when swimming on the beach. So we brought Charles to different beaches to get him used to it.
Other cultures don’t seem so foreign (way of life)
When you travel outside your own country to a new land, they get to see another culture. Small children don’t see things the way adults do. Instead of seeing different facial features or skin colors, they see the other beautiful things that make us all unique and special. As a result, they become more accepting of people, of food and places differences, and cultural diversity. The world became their classroom.
“When you travel with your children, you are giving them something that can never be taken away… experience, exposure and a way of life.” – Pamela T. Chandler
Take your small children with you and you’ll have family memories that will last a lifetime. Maybe they will forget or never realize they were even there, that doesn’t mean it’s not worthwhile. With today’s technology, photos and videos are beautiful and very vivid reminders that they were there. Those will be the things they treasure long after they’ve grown up and long after you are gone.
What do you think? Would you travel with young children even if they won’t remember it? Leave us a message in the comments below!
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