Oftentimes as parents (especially new parents!) it’s easy to feel a little like life as you knew it is now over.
Gone are the days when you were relatively carefree and could go wherever the wind led you.
Now your days are marked by responsibility for someone other than just yourself – someone who’s daily needs are 100% dependent on you.
It can feel a little overwhelming if we’re being honest, right?
Naturally, when you’re considering the ways life changes when you become a parent, traveling with little ones is among the first to get tossed out the window.
It just seems like it would be too crazy hard with too many things to plan for and remember, and too many risks and unknowns.
It’s an easy thing to overcomplicate, and many parents today do. But it doesn’t have to be so complicated!
At The Sharing Exchange, we believe that traveling as a family is an incredible way to create memories that will last a lifetime.
Beyond that, we think that traveling with your kids can actually help make you better at this whole parenting thing.
Don’t believe us? Here are 3 ways traveling with kids can make you a better parent.
1. You learn to be adaptable
One thing you’ll quickly realize when you embark on traveling adventures as a family, is that the unexpected is bound to happen.
It was like this before you had kids too, but instead of totally rocking your world, usually it just added to the adventure.
Experiencing unpredictable circumstances as a family can help you learn to be adaptable, go with the flow, and be at peace with things being imperfect.
This is a skill that will serve you well as you continue on your journey through parenthood, and it’s an important skill for your children to learn as well.
2. You develop family-centered problem solving skills
When things don’t go according to plan, you are faced with a few different choices: throw a tantrum, melt into a puddle of tears on the floor, or keep a positive outlook and pull out your thinking cap to solve your problems.
Which response would you prefer your child to learn? That’s the response you should be modeling for them, and traveling as a family will likely give you many opportunities to practice that response!
Working together as a family team will not only help preserve your experience of your travels, but it will also draw you closer together, and continue to serve you well as a family unit for years to come.
3. It forces you to slow down and enjoy life
We live in a crazy busy world, always running from one thing to the next. Once kids come into the picture, it can be easy to continue living at a fast pace trying to juggle #allthethings in life.
The beautiful and wonderful thing about traveling with your kiddos is that it gives you all a chance to slow down, refocus on what truly matters and connect with each other.
Especially if your children are very little, there’s only so much you can do and so fast you can go!
Instead of looking at it as an inconvenience, look at it as a gift, an opportunity to slow down and see the world through the eyes of your little person.
Nothing is sweeter than the memories you’ll create in your travels with your little ones, so don’t be afraid to plan some trips in the early years.
At The Sharing Exchange we are committed to helping make the process a bit easier by providing rentable children’s goods to families traveling to the greater San Diego area.
Get creative about how to make traveling as a family as seamless, and enjoyable as possible. We promise it will be worth it.