In a previous post I introduced the idea that Children are Your BEST Reason to Seek Travel and Adventure. This post expounds on some of the ideas about WHY travel is good for your kids.
The greater the number of experiences you introduce a child to, the faster their brain develops.
Mothers have always known this instinctively.
That’s why they shake rattles, play Baby Einstein, put mobiles above their cribs, read stories and make animal noises.
This continues as the child ages and takes the form of trips to the petting zoo; visits to the aquarium or museum; parks & playgrounds; ballet class or soccer practice.
“What parents have known for years – that good early experiences are good for our children – is now being proven by doctors and scientists at research centers and universities all over the country.” (ChildCareAware.org)
“Everything a child sees, hears, thinks, and touches transfers into an electrical activity. Each time the brain is stimulated, the experience rewires the brain.” (Springerlink.com)
Your child doesn’t remember every story, every ‘field trip,’ every ballet class or soccer practice.
But imagine a parent saying, “I’m not going to _________ (you fill in the blank - speak, read, etc.) to my child until they’re old enough to remember it.”
We’d think they were insane.
We don’t speak to our children because they will understand or remember what we’re saying.
We speak to them (or read to them or take them to the zoo) so they will learn how to do it themselves, and so they will learn about the world around them, and the world outside their ‘little corner of the earth’.
Similarly, we don’t have to wait until they will ‘remember’ traveling to travel with them.
The benefits and lessons of travel will be hardwired in their brain, regardless if they remember individual experiences, locations and adventures or not.
Travel takes the concept that parents have been perfecting for years just one step further -
instead of petting zoos it’s safaris; snorkeling and beach combing replace the local aquarium;
Mayan & Aztec ruins become a climbing gym; they learn merengue, flamenco or futbol from locals.
It magnifies the experiences that we give them at home, and adds a whole new element as well with the introduction of new languages, cultures, customs and foods.
And what happens is incredible to behold - despite ‘remembering’ or not, we find they are ‘becoming’ an individual with confidence and an expanded world view.
Yes, yes, yes, all this can be done without travel. You don’t have to leave your home town to raise great kids.
But if you didn’t want to do that, then you wouldn't be reading this blog, would you? 😉
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