Travel With Your Children, Even if They Won’t Remember
I can’t help but cringe whenever someone tells me not to do something with my children, simply because they won’t remember. “They’re too young. They won’t remember anyways.”
The fact is, they may not remember, but every adventure has an impact on who they become. So travel, explore, take them with, and enjoy every moment. Sure traveling with children has its challenges, trust me, I have first hand experience. It’s not always relaxing, but it’s well worth it.
Here are some reasons to book that trip, even if someone tells you they won’t remember it anyways.
1.) You will remember. The first time they crawl in the sand, that first jump into the pool, the first roadside potty break, you’ll remember it all.
2.) Every adventure is shaping who they are becoming. Who cares if they don’t remember the trip, the experience is becoming a part of who they are. Creating stories that will forever be told.
3.) It forces you to slow down. The every day rut of cleaning, cooking, grocery shopping, laundry, etc can become so tedious. We are always on the go, and if you’re anything like me, always in a hurry to get everything done. Vacation forces me to stop. It forces me to soak it all in, and take in every moment.
4.) It forces you into some photos. There is something about vacationing that makes anything a good photo opp. Whether it’s exciting or not, you’ll look back at those photos and remember it all.
5.) The vacation mistakes can make a good laugh for years to come. Forgetting all of your clothes, booking the wrong flight, spending too much money on a meal, things that may make you upset for a little bit, but you go on with the vacation, surround it with good, and laugh a little. I certainly won’t forget the time I thought it would be fun for Greg to carry our heaviest car seat through three airports!
Greg and I often find ourselves talking about Graydon when he was younger. It’s hard to pinpoint milestones and what age he was at any given point. I’m terrible with keeping up with his baby book, so photos and videos are really my main reference point.
What I’m always able to do, pinpoint his age during any trip. I can picture Graydon and Beckett during different vacations so vividly in my mind. These memories from traveling are so strong, I wouldn’t trade them for the world. Every extra bag, every struggle, every heavy car seat we’ve lugged through an airport has 100% been worth it.
So what if they don’t remember, I do. I’ll breathe those memories in and savor them forever. I’ll know that these adventures as a family will teach them and impact them forever.
How do you feel about traveling with children???