With summer in full swing, you and your family are probably going to be heading out on a family vacation pretty soon. After all, summer is the time to venture out into the world and do some exploring while making incredible memories, right? Well, of course it is! However, that doesn’t mean it’s the only great time to travel with your kids.
Many parents avoid regular travel with their children when they are young. They believe the kids won’t remember the experience nor benefit from it. Many parents are afraid that travel will interrupt their child’s schedule; others are worried about skipping days of formal schooling in order to hit the road.
While it is understandable to have these concerns, none of them needs to be a true issue. With the right amount of planning, any family can see the world without turning their own little world upside down. Additionally, although the youngest children likely won’t remember your trips, they will still benefit in a number of ways.
Here are four reasons you should make an effort to travel with your little ones.
#1: Enhance Problem-Solving Skills
Let’s face it, not every trip is going to be perfect. There will be long waits, days spent stuck in a hotel room, and broken-down vehicles.
While none of these situations is ideal, they do all present a problem to be solved. This gives parents an opportunity to demonstrate good problem-solving skills to their little ones. It also gives children the chance to do some problem solving of their own as they find ways to entertain themselves in these unfortunate situations.
#2: Encourage Open-Minded Thinking
Traveling gives people of all ages the opportunity to meet a wide variety of people and immerse themselves in many different ways of life. Not only is this incredibly educational, it also helps the traveler develop an open mind as he or she discovers first-hand that our differences are not bad. Instead, these differences are part of what makes our world such a beautiful and fascinating place.
#3: Present Opportunities for Exploration
Children are naturally curious little beings. They love exploration and find joy in learning the simplest of things. As a parent, one of the best things you can do for your children is to encourage this natural curiosity.
By traveling with your little ones, you can give them more to explore and discover, something that encourages their natural love of learning.
#4: Bond as a Family
Last, but certainly not least, is the incredible family bonding time found during travel. Whether you find yourselves coming together as a team to solve a problem or exploring and discovering new things together, you will return home with a strong family bond and some pretty great memories to go along with it.
As you can see, travel is a great way to enhance your child’s homeschool education. Unfortunately, most families cannot travel ALL the time. Luckily, there are plenty of other ways to encourage problem-solving skills, present opportunities for exploration, encourage open-mindedness, and bond as a family while you are at home.
Want some help finding ways to do these things? The Loop offers a number of classes and events that promote these very things. Check out our calendar for more information.