Tuesday, July 21, 2015

It's more than learning a list of local dos
and don'ts Summertime means travel. With kids, that can
give a simple trip to the beach all the complexity of a year long arctic
expedition. But travel is also a great way for families to bond—and for
kids to learn about the world, and themselves. So how can parents start
good conversations with kids to help them get the most out of travel? At
any age, it's important to be a "good traveler," says Tamara Gruber, a
family travel writer who has crossed continents with her own family, and
writes about those travels at we3travel. com. "As you're researching a
place, it's good to know your cultural norms, which sparks a bigger
conversation of different cultures, and understanding that not everything is
done the way that you are accustomed to. "
But being a good traveler is more than just learning the lists of local
"dos" and "don'ts," she says. "It's about teaching kids to be
more resilient, and more open to new experiences. " Lessons, she says, that
they can apply "throughout life. " At elementary school age, Gruber
says, parents can encourage kids as travelers by starting local: "local
museums, local historic sites, local parks, hiking trails, wherever you live.
" This gives kids a sense of "how beautiful the world is, and what fun
things there are to do. " It's also a good age, according to Gruber, to
start talk with kids about places they may someday see. If parents have had
conversations with kids about the Grand Canyon, the Eiffel Tower, or even the
Taj Mahal, "it's so much more meaningful when they see it in person. "
Middle school kids, says Gruber, can start to contribute to planning trips
themselves. "They have a little bit more knowledge of the world and studied
different places in school. " So it's a great time, Gruber says, to get
them "involved with the process, looking through the travel guides," and
asking what places they're interested in, and what they'd like to do
there. High school kids probably have some memories of travel under their
belt, Gruber says. So parents can look back with them over the places
they've been—just remembering the good times together, or thinking more
deeply about what kids learned by being there. And as high school kids get
ready to step out into adulthood, parents can also encourage them to think
about where they might like to travel one day—all on their own. This
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Taxes (or Residents) Summertime means travel. With kids, that can give
a simple trip to the beach all the complexity of a year long arctic
expedition. But travel is also a great way for families to bond—and for
kids to learn about the world, and themselves. So how can parents start good
conversations with kids to help them get the most out of travel?

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