Probably, this is the question that you need to answer yourself before you start planning your trip. For some it is not a question at all. Of course, to travel! Or, on the contrary, “in any case!”
“But for those who doubt, I want to give a few arguments in favor of traveling from personal experience.”
“Why travel with a child?” He still does not understand anything, he will not even remember! “This comment I hear again and again from many of my acquaintances who twist their fingers at the temple after learning that the son has been traveling with us since 4 months. But before answering this question, I would like to ask another.
What for you travel?
By the same word, we often describe completely different things. For someone, traveling is the opportunity to lie on the beach under the umbrella, having turned away from all problems and worries, freeing your head of unnecessary thoughts, leaving all the affairs and worries somewhere far away, just enjoying the sun. And break away from this process only to take another cocktail at the bar or cool off a bit in the sea.
For others, on the contrary, traveling is a movement! A constant kaleidoscope from countries, cities, villages, national parks, attractions, beautiful views. This is a rich route, constant travel, a string of impressions. It is an opportunity to learn as much as possible about our world, to feel, understand, and rethink. This is a way of knowing the world, knowing yourself.
“And if in the first case, let’s be honest, the children will frankly prevent you from getting your portion of relaxation, then in the second case, leaving them at home, you will deprive them of a very important part of your life, and your personality..”
For me, traveling has always been an integral part of life. Therefore, when a son was born, the question of traveling with him or not, personally for me was not standing at all.
“This is my life and this is my child. How can I consciously delete my child from my own life? Let and not from all, but from very big and very important part of it.”
It’s like giving it to grandmothers and going to another city to live, work, have fun, or tear from the mother’s breast right after birth … its one thing when you do it for some serious need and completely different if the main reason – this is discomfort from lack of sleep at night.
“We wanted this child, we were waiting for him, that’s why it seemed natural and logical for the whole family to live. Including in travel. That’s why my son received his first passport when he was two months old, and two years later he went on his first trip.”
Race development and travel:
But after the first trips I noticed another point, which was almost the most important.
Each new journey was accompanied by a developmental jump. Almost from every journey, the son brought some new skill that he had not previously accessed. After the first trip, he began to confidently hold his head and turn over, after the second – to stand, after the third walk, after the fourth there is normal food (we have long been on the GW), etc.
“Each trip was a small breakthrough, and then all of a sudden things began to come out that did not work out before. It was amazing!”
Of course, I think reasonably enough to understand – my son and without France and Greece would have learned to walk and talk. All children sooner or later learn this, which does not prevent us from taking them to the early development courses and is proud of when he took the first step and said the first word.
“Of course, traveling is stress. But the stress is different. It happens to be negative, and sometimes positive. Positive stress can serve as a good incentive for development and contribute to the healthy functioning of a person.”
This is true for adults and for babies. For example, a son who has been accustomed to sleeping in the car since childhood, now enjoys falling asleep in any transport, under any noise, perfectly gets enough sleep and does not feel any discomfort. This is a trifle, but a trifle, which is very useful to him in adulthood. And there are many such trifles.
New emotions and a thirst for life:
Another argument is emotion. Children are able to receive emotions everywhere – even in the courtyard of the house, at least in a nearby store.
“But emotions become many times brighter when you tear a child from a familiar context – a familiar courtyard, a street, a neighboring park and a playground. It is not necessary to go to the far end of the world, you can go to the next city for a weekend. And it is optimal to start with such small sorties.”
Well, one more reason. Showing the child from birth, that the world is big and interesting, you stimulate in him the desire for knowledge, the desire to discover something new, to recognize, to impress something … And this desire will remain with him for life! And his life will never be a gray and boring routine, even if he stops traveling when he grows up. It seems to me very important.