5 Important Reasons Why Children Should Travel

BY: - 4 Jun '14 | Parenting

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I remember taking my first-born on his first plane ride. He was 13 months old and I was terrified to be traveling alone with this “baby”. Of course I packed everything but the kitchen sink, just so I could be prepared for any and everything. On the way to our destination, he screamed his head off and was COMPLETELY and utterly inconsolable. On the way back, he had a bad case of diarrhea. Inevitably, the poor lil’ fella decided that he would “gift” me with an explosion that covered my lap and the bottom half of my shirt. Needless to say, I swore off traveling with my child FOREVER!

It didn’t last long because I have always loved to travel and I wanted him to go too. So, after about a year, I decided to try and put all of the memories of our first trip out of my mind. I began to think about what he/we would be missing if I held on to my fear of traveling with a toddler. I’m glad I put those feelings aside and learned from my past experiences. Now that I’m three kids in, I’m feeling like an experienced traveling mama and I can truly say that I feel that it’s super important for kids to travel. Here’s why:

Travel is education.

When I say that, I’m not referring only to the history lessons and things like the museum and sightseeing. I’m referring to the math involved – How long will it take us to get there? What is the currency exchange rate to the US dollar? Geography – What is the closest ocean? Which continent is it?

They become well-rounded.

Being able to talk about their travel experiences to others is pretty awesome! Unless they were very young, they will always remember the time they went to _________. These types of experiences stick with them for a lifetime and they will always have information to share about their travels.

They are not afraid.

The moment my son became old enough to travel unaccompanied, I was a nervous wreck. It didn’t take him long to become a very independent and confident little traveler. When children realize what it takes to move around and travel independently, it boosts their self-esteem and it creates a certain level of confidence that’s very important for them mentally and socially.

They will grow up to be travelers.

Once your kids realize that there’s so much of this exciting world that they haven’t seen, they will be hungry to explore more and more!

It’s just fun!

Who doesn’t need a break from school? I know my kids do, because we keep a strict “school week. No TV – only homework and after school activities.”  So, naturally, they want and deserve a break from the norm. No matter where your destination, it’s nice for a change in scenery. More than likely, there is lots of fun waiting for you. Don’t forget, you don’t have to travel far for your kids to have a good time!

BMWK – Can you think of any other reasons why it’s important for children to travel?

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Sheree is a wife and WAHM of three who passionately blogs about marriage, family, health tips and more as Smart & Sassy Mom. Sheree is committed to helping blended families and keeping marriages strong, healthy, fun and SPICY!

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Earth to Echo Is the Must See Family Movie of the Summer

BY: - 5 Jun '14 | Parenting

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My daughter and I had the pleasure of attending the Earth to Echo screening here in Atlanta.  Held at Regal Cinema Atlantic Station, it was a star studded red carpet event and the house was packed! Celebrities in attendance were: Earth To Echo star Brian Bradley aka “Astro”, Atlanta’s Own Ramona Debreaux (V103), The Kids from the Ludacris Foundation, and Taj (16 year old Atlanta rapper.)

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Astro was born as Brian Bradley and plays the character Tuck in Earth to Echo that premieres on July 2, 2014

After the red carpet, we all were excited to meet Astro, who plays the character Tuck, live and in person.  Without giving too much of the movie away, he told everyone to get ready for an adventure and he encouraged the kids to spread the word about the movie on their social networks.

Earth to Echo is a thrilling teen sci-fi adventure about a group of teenagers and everything they go through to help a dying alien friend.  It had all of the wonder that made movies great when I was a kid.  It was more than just a modern day version of E.T. and I was glad to have my daughter there to enjoy it.  The audience really got involved with the characters and the plot.  This was evident by their synchronized reactions to certain scenes.

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Earth to Echo is a “coming of age” film was about friendship, teamwork and compassion. The journey that the young characters took definitely leave you at the edge of your seat .  I even got caught up in the excitement and was nearly jolted out of my seat a few times!  When the movie was over I asked my daughter what her thoughts were and her response was, “Mom!  I want to see that again!”  Enough said.  Earth to Echo hits theaters nationally on July 2nd.  Until then you can check out their hashtag #EarthToEcho on social networks. for info, trailers, etc.

BMWK – What was the last family friendly movie that you’ve seen?

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