I hate back to school time. It’s touted as many parents favorite time of year. So why do I dislike it?
I have only added one country to my”visited” list since I started this blog a little over a year ago. I had this vision of starting this blog and then jetting around the world. Oh, the fantasy of it all!
But wait, I have kids… there are days that it’s just too much to go to the grocery store. But still, I write this blog and call myself a travel blogger. The audacity!
“It’s nice to meet you! You’re going to homeschool, right?” She said. “You shouldn’t homeschool. You should send your kids to school here in Mexico.”
I was taken aback. However, it ended up being the norm here. I would meet an expat and they would immediately tell me to not homeschool my children in Mexico. The two biggest (and only) reasons given?
It’s that time of year in the United States. Do you need some gift ideas for the traveling child? Do you need some ideas for your next long trip? Here are some great gifts for toddlers and preschoolers that also travel well. This gift list has a mixture of things I’ve purchased, recommendations from other traveling parents, and the best reviewed items I’m considering buying for our next trip.
While I don’t always do a lot of research before buying toys, it is imperative to read reviews before buying items that are meant for travel. Some travel toys are a GREAT idea in concept, but are not constructed well. This list has the best!
When I found Music Together (which made this list), my children were 1 and 2 years old. I drove around 45 minutes one way to attend because the teacher and classes came so highly rated by fellow moms, who had a similar parenting philosophy to mine. I couldn’t help but wonder: would Music Together live up to the hype?
As usual, I wasn’t prepared for the trip, this time to Newport Aquarium. I packed twice the night before and once again in the morning, because everytime I turned around, my two little humans were unpacking the suitcase and using it for a doll bed. I was worried I’d forget an essential item. And worse, I wondered would my kids enjoy the aquarium?
You’re stuck on a long flight with a crying baby or toddler, and a stressed out mom (or dad). It’s so loud. It’s so obnoxious. What can the childless person do to have a better flight?
I’m a mom, so I’m here to plead the case FOR traveling families, while also asking for compassion from the childless stranger. I can also assure you that the mom, dad, and screaming child are having a far worse day than you are. Yes, really.
“My cousin’s child cried during the entire 11 hour flight to Japan,” said Marybeth, when asked about how she conquered the fear of traveling with her baby. “I thought if my cousin can get through that, so can I.”
Marybeth’s comment mirrored my own fears about airplane travel with my kids. What if they meltdown on the airplane? Or what if we bother other passengers? What would I do?
Getting a passport was something I avoided for a long time, because I am a procrastinator. Also, before the late 2000s, Americans didn’t need to them to visit Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean. I visited Grand Cayman without a passport in 2004. Passports are required to go outside the US nowadays. So, if you and your kids don’t have one, today is a great day to get yours!
All of my husband’s immediate family speaks two or more languages. My husband is fluent in two languages and has a working knowledge of a third. His cousin is fluent in four languages (she’s amazing, by the way). I only speak one language. I want my children to speak at least one additional language (English is their native language and also mine). I wanted to immerse them in another language, but I don’t want to sell everything to travel the world or settle somewhere else long term. What was I going to do to encourage language learning while staying true to my unschooling philosophy?