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Author Topic: Life Experiences and Kids  (Read 173 times)

AlexsMomAubrys2

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Life Experiences and Kids
« on: July 02, 2018, 03:05:10 pm »

I've been looking back through our facebook photo albums and thinking about how well rounded and exciting our kids lives are, so much more than DH and I ever had. We started when they were toddlers and plan to continue even after they are adults, and eventually including grandchildren. Some experiences are expensive and others are very simple but all contribute to being well rounded individuals.
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[/color][/size]DH and I are talking about a trip to Iceland to see the Northern Lights in the next couple of years. We would also like to take them to the [/color][/size]Caribbean[/color][/size].  They haven't been out of the country yet, so that is on the list. [/color][/size]

I feel that giving kids life experiences/adventures is just as important as putting a roof over their heads and food on the table.
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[/color][/size]What say you? Do you go out of your way to make sure your kids see more than their own little corner of the world? Experience new things/activities? [/color]
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mcginnisc

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Re: Life Experiences and Kids
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2018, 04:17:25 pm »
Dh and I find it very important to give our kids experiences.
They have been to Disney World, the GA Aquarium, Callaway Gardens, Safari Park in Pine Mountain, New Smyrna Beach, The World of Coke, Stone Mountain...
NC, DC, Jamaica, Haiti, Honduras, Belize, Mexico, China, and Hong Kong ( and a layover in Canada)..They love to travel. We plan on taking them to Gator Land for our dd's birthday in a couple of weeks while we are in FL. She has been obsessed with gators since she was 2 and she is turning 10 in August so this will thrill her. We are going to take them somewhere new this year too... most likely TN or SC. Next year is Universal in FL since the girls will finally be tall enough to ride everything.
I will say we find it important for our family..however, we are not naive enough to believe that it is necessary for every family/child as having basic needs is more important for many people.
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Re: Life Experiences and Kids
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2018, 07:53:10 pm »
I never got to go anywhere as a kid. I always resented my parents and other family members for that because my older sister was taken backpacking through Europe when she was 18 with my aunt. My other aunt took her to Egypt around the same time.
I've been to California during my childhood and once we went to Kuwait to visit the aunt that took my sister to Egypt.

I'm a single mom on a limited income. I was planning a 3 week vacation to Thailand, but my little one would only be almost 7 at the time so I nixed that because the thought of traveling to a foreign country by myself with such a young kid gave me anxiety.

However I googled something like single mom vacations and found a website that pairs single parents with other single parents and for a kind of expensive price they group you together with other single families and you can vacation together. There's Thailand, Morocco, Egypt, and other places. I'm going to do that.

And one day, when they're both old enough we're going to go on an around the world trip.



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Re: Life Experiences and Kids
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2018, 08:53:49 pm »
I would love to show them the world & Iím starting with little trips.  I will never be able to take them overseas though


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Re: Life Experiences and Kids
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2018, 10:00:40 pm »
We try, but life has been...difficult for us. Dh and I were very young when our oldest was born, so we spent the first few years of his life just trying to survive. Add to that the fact that dh has been OTR driving for the better part of the last 8 years, and it does make it hard.

But, they have had some opportunities. Ds has been able to spend a little time with dh on the road. My dad has taken him on a couple of weekend trips out of state and we went last year as a family to Hawaii. We were also able to get a fifth wheel trailer last year too and have taken that out a few times. Once across the state and a few within a couple of hours. We are hoping to go cross country in the next couple of years. And I plan to get the kids over to visit DH family in England before the oldest graduates.

But yes, we both feel that exploring is the best way to learn about your world and the easiest way to grow up tolerant and respectful of other people and their individual culture.

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Re: Life Experiences and Kids
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2018, 11:00:56 pm »
I do not think travel is as essential as food, shelter, education and unconditional love. But I agree experiences are part of being a healthy family.

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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2018, 07:10:13 am »
Oh my goodness yes!  And the experiences donít have to be expensive either!  When I got engaged at 21 my Mother admonished me because ďyou need to travelĒ as a kid we never did anything yet that was her advice!  My husband was the one who showed me the ocean, and Washington DC, and all of New England and the Eastern side of Canada in our first two years of marriage.  Our son has traveled as far west as Texas and as far South as Florida.  We also make sure he is exposed to historical sightsóFort Nessessity, The Alamo, local museums and even musical shows.  As a result at 6 he wanted to take his Abraham Lincoln bust to school for show and tell or his White House model after he toured it.  A well rounded child becomes a well rounded curious adult!

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Re: Life Experiences and Kids
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2018, 07:31:47 am »
Because I was pretty much on my own when my boys were young we didn't have many vacations but we had tons of memories of the things we did do. We had so much family time, board games, hikes, movie nights, inside jokes, sports, etc. As they got older I could do smaller trips but by the time I could afford major trips they were so deep into wrestling that our trips went hand and hand with their tourneys, camps, and clubs. We may not have done as much as other "families" we knew did but we did everything as a family.
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« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2018, 06:57:56 pm »
I was raised by my mother and we didn't get to travel much but she made sure we got to take little vacations and day trips.  I'm not sure if my limited childhood experiences fanned my intense desire to travel but as soon as  I was old enough, I traveled as far and as often as my paychecks would allow. I knew that I would never marry a man that didn't love to travel or at least understand and support my need to travel, explore and experience the world.  I don't know that I consider traveling as crucial as food or shelter but since I have never questioned being able to meet their basic needs, travel is on par with education on my list of priorities.


My kids were on planes before they turned 3 months old and have already seen more of the world than I ever could have hoped for. We've explored Mexico and South America, with our favorite being Argentina.  We've also spent time abroad in Europe, China and Africa.  Luckily the kids also love to travel...DD10's favorite city is Cape Town and while she won't get there this year she was there (and in Botswana) over Thanksgiving in 2016. DS13 is currently in Marbella, Spain and DD15 is spending her summer in Boston, MA and NYC (we live in CA). 

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Re: Life Experiences and Kids
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2018, 12:09:24 pm »
Iceland is a MUST! We had some friends that went and she sent me some of the most beautiful pictures. The Northern Lights... omg... itís on my bucket list.

We donít travel too much but we do take a few trips each year. Some are more costly than others, but weíve found that our kids would much rather spend their day at the beach or at my sisters farm with her horses and whatnot rather than somewhere like a theme park or zoo or somewhere like that.

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Re: Life Experiences and Kids
« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2018, 08:23:32 pm »
As a kid I did some traveling with my grandma and we camped a lot. Honestly, those arenít the things that really stick out for me, itís the smaller more day to day things that I enjoyed.

We donít travel now, Iím not a fan of it, but we do plenty locally, build memories other ways.


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Re: Life Experiences and Kids
« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2018, 12:21:52 am »
I do not think travel is as essential as food, shelter, education and unconditional love. But I agree experiences are part of being a healthy family.

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