Raising your kids with cultural awareness is something that this blog believes in very passionately. An awareness of the world around them and their place in it is a great way of ensuring that they grow into well rounded and enlightened adults. As human beings, we’re not psychologically well disposed to fear the unknown. It can warp our perception and make us mistrustful, cynical, jaded, and even hateful. An online world where keyboard warriors are happy to fill cyberspace with semi-informed opinions and where ‘meh’ appears the most common reaction to just about everything – it can be a toxic environment for kids to grow up in.
One of the best gifts we can give our kids is knowledge of different places and cultures. These experiences will help them to grow up with an understanding gained from real life experiences. This can be gleaned from vacations. But for a truly immersive experience, some families choose to take their kids out of school and spend a few months travelling the world. If this idea appeals to you, then it’s important to consider the following…
The Learning Benefits
Kids have different learning styles, but however they learn, being immersed in a new culture is likely the best way for them to learn. It helps them to appreciate different styles of art and architecture, gain an appreciation of different foods (nobody likes raising a fussy eater), and learn and assimilate new languages. If you’re taking your kids out of school, supplement their education with daily activities that grows their knowledge and awareness. Engage with local history and culture by visiting galleries and museums in every destination. This will give them a hands on learning experience that no school can completely replicate. Likewise, encouraging them to converse with locals in their own language will offer a far more kinaesthetic and immersive learning experience than they’ll get in any classroom.
Keeping the Homestead Secure
Travelling the world with your kids may seem expensive but it needn’t be. In fact, this family of four did on just $130 a day. That said, you probably don’t want to have to pay rent or mortgage while you’re away. Renting out your home and keeping your stuff in storage can partly allay your financial worries while you travel. Storage units are surprisingly affordable and easy to find. Just search for ‘storage units near me’ and you may be surprised at the choices. Most storage companies will even come and collect your stuff, too. When renting your house, unless you’ll be renting to someone you know well, it’s best to use a leasing agent and implement a secure tenancy agreement.
Tailor the Experience to Your Kids’ Needs
If you’re going to take your kids out of school, make sure that they have an experience that meets their educational and personal needs. Choose places that are age appropriate for your kids. Bear in mind that developing minds can be easily overwhelmed by change.
With proper planning and consideration, a round-the-world trip can be the adventure of a lifetime. It’ll create memories the whole family will remember forever.