Have you ever thought maybe traveling with children to expand their horizons is not as difficult as it seems? Have you ever thought about disregarding the distractions hindering you and simply taking the plunge?
If this sounds like you or someone you know, then welcome to the final week of Raising Global Children. We would like to thank our amazing contributors for taking part in the discussion. Beginning with week 1, we discussed Ways to Promote Interest in other Cultures. One of the comments that caught my attention was from Kathryn Bennett, who has a BA in Cultural Anthropology:
I have a BA in Cultural Anthropology as a result of a love of history and learning about other cultures. I am always interested in people’s heritage and customs. Another way for children to learn might be through heritage and genealogy. If we start with our family knowledge and learn about where we came from the world gets a little smaller. If there isn’t much info, start with surnames and naming practices tracing to other countries. I think it will help children (and adults) to connect personally to others and create more accord.
To catch more of the discussion on this topic, search for #raisingglobalchildren on twitter or visit the post. Then we move onto week 2 to discuss When should children learn a second language?. This topic is quite obviously very dear to many people. The discussion is still continuing on this topic with 31 comments and counting. Several comments speak of personal experiences learning a language. Some expressed angst at school systems for not offering foreign language programs to our youth. As Athena wrote:
Learning a second language is so important in today’s societies yet schools keep being forced to cut them from their budgets because of inadequate funding and their lack of being a required program. Very sad.
And now week 3’s contributor is Eric Stoen of Travel Babbo. Our topic of discussion:
What do you believe are the biggest distractions preventing American families from going global? What are some remedies to remove those distractions?
Eric is a a former telehealth CEO, who has traveled around the world with his three young children, from Northern Europe to Antarctica, and truly believes that people should take their kids everywhere. Visit his website at http://www.travelbabbo.com and follow him on twitter: @travelbabbo. Given Eric’s experience traveling with his own children, we wanted you to read what he had to say:
Families tend to get hung up on planning this week and this month (soccer practice, birthday parties, work functions, babysitting) and not think six or twelve months into the future to be able to save up vacation time and money and plan everything as perfectly as possible. I see it all the time – families waiting until the last minute to try to put together a trip and by that point all of the good flight/hotel options are gone. It’s so much less expensive to plan in advance. Travel writers and bloggers say that they want to inspire others to travel, and I don’t think that’s just a cliche – I truly think that’s where the solution is. I love trying to motivate people not only to take their kids to crazy places, but just to travel at all – get passports, pick a destination without Disney characters and go. It doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. People need to see amazing photos and hear about people like them traveling and what it brings to a family and adds to a child’s education and hopefully more of them will take the leap into world travel and never look back.
We could not have said it better.
Pick a destination without Disney characters and go.
The above quote has to be the most penetrating of Eric’s statement. Experience life void all of the over-stimulation. Leave enough quiet for your child’s mind to absorb, learn and grow. Instead of saving up for a character, save up to build character through travel. Let’s deliberately raise global children.
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What distractions are preventing you from going more global with your family? Are there ways you can save for a travel experience?