Mommy Points on the importance of taking your kids on your trips:
It’s okay if she doesn’t remember one of these trips when she is 40 because they are laying the ground work for who she is now, and who she will hopefully become. For me this is no different than reading to an infant or reminding a toddler to say “thank you”. They aren’t going to remember that one interaction, but those cumulative events help shape who they are. You don’t have to travel the world as a child to know it is out there and appreciate it, but it sure doesn’t hurt.
If you’re not regularly reading Mommy Points, you’re missing out. Summer is one of the better writers out there and many of her posts, while framed in family travel, talk about techniques that are valuable for everyone.
This essay in particular is filled with great things, but the one thing I want to focus on is the idea of traveling as a value. Julie and I recently decided to get married1 and we want to do a destination wedding, not only because we like to travel, but also because we feel like weddings should be reflective of the couple and we as a couple like to travel. As with traveling with kids, it’s not about the destination and what people will remember, it’s reinforcing who we are. People come to a wedding to celebrate the couple and their values, parents should take kids on their trips for the same reason.
- Sorry if you’re family and you’re finding out this way ↩