Why I Take My Kids EVERYWHERE!

Why I Take My Kids EVERYWHERE! | Rochester MN Moms Blog

 

Since their birth, our children have endured and “helped with” whatever is on the schedule for my husband and myself on any given day, including, but not limited to tax appointments, city council meetings, construction demolition, political rallies, and an assortment of board meetings. Their understanding of these processes is not complete, but certainly their exposure has led to conversations about a range of topics; it has formed who they are and who they are becoming. They are inquisitive and thoughtful, curious and confused. They understand that some parts of life are fun, while others are simply necessary.

Similarly, we have taken them on (almost) every trip with us since they were born, spanning the globe and increasing their ability to: sit on a plane, wait in line, try new foods, and most importantly, see with their own eyes. People ask,”why take them somewhere they won’t even remember?” Children don’t remember doing many things (being breastfed, being rocked, being held, learning to walk) but we do those things because it impacts their perception and development. It’s cumulative.

We read to very young children because it encourages an appreciation for books, increases language and listening skills, and sets the stage for learning to read. Likewise, exposure to unique experiences with culture, food, language, and varying religious traditions will permeate their developing minds in a way that we have chosen to encourage and foster. Seeing the world from outside our neighborhood, our state, or our country, is always a changing experience. It is hard to un-see new and different architecture, to ignore the pink and turquoise buildings of Puerto Rico. It will be a long time before they forget the 3 a.m. bus ride (in the wrong direction) through London. And I will never forget the look in their eyes when realizing the person we just saw, would be sleeping on that piece of cardboard all night.

My children enjoy waterslides and ice cream and beaches and amusement park rides. But as the person responsible for their development, I also want them to fully see the world, and I want to be there when they witness society’s less beautiful truths-from rude people at a meeting to homelessness. I want to answer tough questions and show them beauty and let them know it is all part of this amazing life.

 

 

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5 Responses to Why I Take My Kids EVERYWHERE!

  1. Rebecca March 31, 2016 at 4:22 pm #

    I love this philosophy! and when I had one I truly did just take him everywhere I wanted to go. Lately with three three and under I’m finding that for my sanity there are some things that I just can’t focus on and give both the activity and my children the attention they both need. But, someday when they’re a little older I’m hoping to start taking them everywhere again

  2. Dani April 2, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

    I love this. Thank you. So well said. And such a great reminder of all the lessons there are to learn! I remember people thought we were crazy for taking our kiddo to the zoo at 3 months old. Or talking about empathy when he was 6 months…I always say we don’t start talking to our kids once they are able to talk, we talk to them from day one about all sorts of things to support that journey.

  3. Anna April 2, 2016 at 9:44 pm #

    This is so true! I have always felt that kids should not be the center of your life but add to your life, and I think taking them everywhere with you and not thinking that they should be entertained or have fun all the time is important.

  4. Laura April 5, 2016 at 2:06 pm #

    Totally agree. We took our kids (age 6 and 3) to London, Paris and Edinburgh last year. My husband kept questioning if they’d remember it but it’s about how wider their perspective on the world is for their whole life.. not if they remember the specifics of the travel. That said, I love that my 3 year old watches cartoons and movies with famous sites from those cities and screeches in delight their names and says “I went there!” That’s exactly what I want her to remember – that she’s been there. That the whole world is accessible!

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