The thing about traveling with children is that you never know when or how the benefits will manifest themselves.
Naysayers will argue time and again about how small children won’t remember anything. They argue that traveling is hard on the parents and not worth the time or money.
This may be somewhat true, but I would like to argue that many of the benefits may manifest themselves in ways you might not expect.
Although my children may not remember much about trips they took at an early age, we were planting a seed and didn’t necessarily realize it. We were planting the seeds of flexibility.
A lot has been happening in the Two Kids and a Map household. We found out that my husband’s job is moving us to Denver, Colorado.
My husband and I were concerned about how our children would react and with good reason. After living all of their years in Pensacola, we are uprooting our children from the only house, school and life they have known. We are going to move them from Pensacola, Florida across the country to Denver, Colorado.
Imagine our surprise when my eight year old son said that it would be an awesome adventure even though he would miss his friends. All the while, his sister was sitting next to him nodding her head in agreement. Both children were understandably nervous but are excited to start this new adventure together as a family.
I attribute this to the traveling that we have been doing for as long as they can remember. Travel has helped teach my children to embrace change.
It has taught my children to look for adventure around every corner.
My traveling children have also taught me something. They have taught me not to underestimate the power of traveling with children when they are small.