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Marrying my husband started a whole new adventure for me. We both loved to travel and was always itching to go on another plane ride whenever we got a chance. Traveling before getting married should be a practice for couples wishing to spend their lives with one another. Traveling with my husband opened my eyes to great things, I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with this man because he was so easy to be with especially during trips.
Taking on another chapter in our life was becoming parents. I couldn’t go on an airplane for a while because I was VERY pregnant and our doctor advised us to enjoy our spare time at home. This was extremely difficult for both of us because we loved being on small weekend trips but of course, we did what was best for our unborn child and enjoyed our company at home. Not so long after Aiden turned 3 months, we flew to Cebu City for a quick weekend vacation. Though a lot of people advised us to wait until he was older, we just couldn’t wait any longer and had to take a trip. We then learned how difficult it would be traveling with a child at such a young age because of all the restrictions and precautions we had to take. We weren’t able to enjoy our beautiful resort because most of the time the sun was too hot for our son’s skin, so we had long naps and good food in our resort hotel for a full weekend.
Was this the end to our adventures?
It took us a lot of tries before we finally adjusted to traveling with our little one. Our patience was certainly put to the challenge but we managed to narrow down our trips’ expectations to reality.
Our kids have been traveling with us for their whole life and we can see the change it has on their behavior. Not just their behavior has changed but also certain aspects of their development.
Here are 5 reasons why we travel with our kids:
1. Travel has encouraged them to try something new- my son Aiden has always been a picky eater as a baby but traveling has made it easier for us to change that. When we travel, we are cannot bring our chicken nuggets or deep fryer with us and this has made it harder for us to feed our son. Having this difficulty became a blessing in disguise because our son was forced to eat anything we give him or he will starve during trips. Traveling encouraged him to eat different types of food and traveling made him discover some of his current favorite dishes.
2. Travel has made them more curious- most parents hate it when their toddler asks them a million questions like “Why is the sky blue?” or “Why is the TV not working during a blackout?” but for my husband and me, we enjoy answering interesting questions from our kids when we travel. We’ve been asked questions like “Why are we not falling when we are up in an airplane?” or “Why is the boat not sinking?”. The curiosity of our kids widen because of our travels and I think this is beneficial to their learning. Instead of learning about life and culture through books and TV, they get the first-hand experience from our travels.
3. Travel has helped them become adaptable and more flexible kids- I can proudly say that bringing our kids along on trips has helped them develop skills to help them adapt to different situations. Our kids don’t really have a sleeping schedule but when they are tired and cranky, they don’t need any fancy bed to put them to bed. They’ve slept perfectly in airplanes, cabs, buses, and even a tricycle without fussing for a pillow.
4. Hotel rooms and Air Bnbs are exciting for them- our eldest looks forward to which hotel or Air BnB we stay when we travel because it’s another place for them to discover new hiding spots and sleeping arrangements. They have had their baths in tubs, outdoor showers and even a simple bucket in the middle of nowhere and they enjoy every bit of it. Hotels with daybeds are their favorite because they can sleep closeby from us and enjoy their individuality with their own beds.
5. Travel has enhanced our kid’s developmental milestones- being naturally curious about their new environment have pushed our kids to develop their motor skills earlier than expected. I can still remember when my 4-month-old son reached for sand on his own and gave everyone a sweet smile after realizing what he has accomplished. Moments are treasured better because we associate their milestones with the places we’ve been to.
Never stop chasing your dreams after being a parent. Your dreams may be harder to achieve, but it has a better purpose because of the company of your family.
That’s it for today folks, hope you enjoyed reading! Til the next blog.
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