On the Road: Traveling with Kids
If you are thinking of the best way to travel with your little ones, all I can suggest is to remember that, with any child, it is about the journey and not the destination. So here are some fun ways we travel with our daughter, who is now four years old.
Pack it in: Let them choose three things to bring in a backpack – it can be crayons, color wonder markers with the color wonder paper, a doll or even a stuffed animal. When they are choosing items to bring with them, they own the process.
When things get a bit anxious, have them put their palms on their knees as this tends to bring their energy down. If they need to wake up a bit then have them put their hands in a cup shape on their knees and let the energy fill that cup up.
Picture this: Show them pictures of where they will be going and let them draw a map of what it might look like. Whether it’s a real map or if it is a few squiggly lines, let them decide what it will look like. Then, when you arrive at your destination, ask them to take the map out and guide you – even if they say take a right and it is a left. Take two rights and it will still be a holiday vacation and you might find something fun and cultural to share.
Think of an animal pose that you might be able to re-create on holiday. The most fun are balancing poses like tree – and look for what kinds of trees are around. It’s great to help them by doing the pose with them and holding hands.
Just breath: Ahhh yes, easier said than done – this I know, but when you let out a sigh it will help with reducing stress and self-regulation. Every now and then, let out a sign and maybe visualize with them. Start with a sigh and say something like, “I wish I was a rainbow” and have them tell you the color of your hands and feet and so on. This way, they will learn to put focus elsewhere. This is also a great way to develop body awareness and space awareness.
Kami Evans – ERYT – 200hr, Children RYT and Holistic Health Coach
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