Raising Global Citizens

Roadschooling

Roadschooling

I’ve done quite a bit of traveling in my life. There was a freedom that came from traveling alone but now I have two young boys. I am a big believer in the gift of travel, and I believe even more strongly, that it is one of the most important contributions I can make in the lives of my children and to us as a family. It has enriched my life deeply and the memories I have made and will continue to make will last a lifetime.

So often, people think that life is over after having kids, or at least the spontaneity and adventure in it. They settle down and think that settling down is what you are supposed to do. I want to do this as a family one day, and one day we will. I believe stability for children comes from their parents. It is presence from their parents that allows for the security, stability and “home” that they need. This post is about; why I travel, why I want my kids to be exposed to the world and all of the amazing benefits that come with it.

Many people say that it’s a waste to travel with young children, especially before the age of 5. These same people allege that infants and toddlers won’t remember anything and it won’t be worth the money, inconveniences or aggravation. I disagree as my experiences have shown me otherwise. Please allow me to explain.

Traveling has so many benefits to a family. The parents gain new perspectives and experiences, which augment them as individuals, as a couple and as parents. This is so important in raising their children. When we are not exposed to different views and ways of seeing the world we become complacent and we begin to believe our way is the only way.

I believe travel is most important within the first seven years of life. It is within that period that the foundation is set for a person. We grow, we change, we learn, but our first years of life are the most valuable in determining who we become fundamentally in terms of values, personality, and intrinsic nature. This has been proven and is accepted by most with public health messages that continually talk to parents about the importance of the first five years of life.

The stimulation of new environments, different cultures, modes of transportation, other languages, cuisines and people, will help to influence and create the paradigm our children use to view the world. They will adapt better to change in their lives and they will also be more compassionate, respectful, aware and considerate of others. I don’t claim this to be the case simply if you travel, however, I believe that with this exposure to the world outside of our own and with Guidance, Love, Patience and Compassion, these characteristics will develop organically. I also believe that instilling gratitude and appreciation for all we have in this life is very important.

Traveling from an early age can also prevent fear; fear of people, fear of failing, fear of unfamiliar places and most importantly, fear of the unknown. Children aren’t born with fear. It is taught and it is learned. My kid’s fearlessness eases any fears I may have and their enthusiasm in all of our adventures truly inspires me.

Kids are dreamers. We need to let them dream. We need to expose them to the beautiful world we live in and show them that a world outside of our own exists. I believe in doing this at an early age. The exposure will breed curiosity, which is so important. We should always be curious! Critical thinking is also essential in this world and many people would say, “it is not taught in our school system.” It is however, learned through living, through playing, exploring, discovering, and being exposed to new and different ways of life.

I believe traveling teaches our children to become better citizens of the world we all share. They cultivate a social awareness that most of us don’t develop until much later in life, empathy for humanity, and a wondrous spirit that will inspire others as they walk through this precious gift of life.

My experience has shown me, if you have never traveled with your children, that you can’t expect perfection. It isn’t easy but anything truly beneficial and rewarding usually isn’t. Be prepared to answer a lot of questions, be patient, enjoy each little stop they want to make along the way to smell the flowers and play with rocks, and take pride in knowing you are helping to shape the way your child sees this boundless, wonderful, beautiful world we all share.

Happy Traveling. May you and your children grow stronger, wiser and more fulfilled in your lives. I truly believe we all grow exponentially while traveling and we are so much more present for each other. The bonds established, the love shared and the memories created will tell stories for our lifetimes.

World Tour 2013 departing in February.

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Letting Go, In Order To Find Our Way

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I believe that letting go is so important in so many areas of our lives. We have to let go and live. There are so many things that can bind us and inhibit us if we let them. Mortgages, jobs, unhealthy relationships, status quo in society, and most importantly, ourselves. I believe we are the most powerful forces in our own lives. We either become complacent, or we take risks. We either have a negative attitude or a positive one. These are two things that we choose no matter what our current circumstances in life are.

I am not in any way saying responsibilities make us complacent. I am saying that we all must realize the big picture of life and the fact that life is short. That this is our one chance here in this form. As this person. I believe that we have to really take a look at our lives and decide what can be changed. What do you have the power to change if you are unhappy. If things aren’t what you thought they would be or would like them to be.

I don’t have all of the answers nor am I claiming to have a perfect life. This is part of why I am finding it necessary to take this trip. I believe we are always growing, always learning and always finding and shifting perspectives. We can discover more of who we are each day if we are open to doing so. Those discoveries are what will lead to more answers in creating the lives we want to live.

I am ready to let go. I am ready to take a journey with my family that will change our lives forever. I have no idea what will change within us or what will come from all of it. All I know is I am ready with all of the Love in my Heart. I love my family and I can’t wait to experience the world through the eyes of my precious little boys. I can’t wait to witness their little faces each moment of every day. I do this now and it is the greatest gift ever. I just know that we will all grow and our perspectives will be broadened in a way that I feel is so important. Letting Go, In Order to Find Our Way. Here we go.

Much Love.

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Oh The Preparation…

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Planning a trip around the world may seem like a daunting task and yes, it is. However, I am finding that by placing one foot in front of the other, I am just getting things handled the best I can. I am finding that I am actually getting more organized in my life because of the preparation involved. I have no choice.

I have all of the doctor appointments lined up until we leave, both cars sold, passports extended and booklets added, visas in process, travel insurance purchased, round the world tickets purchased, etc.

My biggest task that I will be tackling within the next week will be our garage. I am going to sell and donate as many things as possible before transferring everything to storage pods. Our intention is to lighten our overhead and load here in the US. This puts us in a position to really see where life takes us without stressing over the things that can bind us over here.

I will continue to move forward each day with my lists and it will all come together. I believe when things are meant to be, life makes a clearing in order for those things to take place. I am realizing in each moment that this is really happening and I can’t believe it. I know there will be challenging times. Challenges are a part of life no matter where you are. I’m ok with that. I am just so grateful that we have this opportunity and that we have chosen to take it.
If you have any thoughts or ideas, I’d love to hear from you. Back to planning and organizing. Have a wonderful day!

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Welcome to Four Love of the Globe

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Welcome to our new website! Please join us and share your favorite places and ideas and be a part of our journey. Creating this site has been a labor of love for me. I am thrilled to have a space in which to document and share all of what life on the road will be for us as a family. I want to capture the moments. I want to share them with you. I want us to build the memories and the foundation for our boys. I am truly grateful and excited for this opportunity.

We Are All Connected. Life is Short. Life is Precious. We want our boys to experience different cultures, languages, modes of transportation, cuisines, terrains and ways of life. In that, I believe, will be their best education.

People often say that kids won’t remember such experiences at these ages. I believe that is like saying they won’t remember all of the hugs and kisses and love you give them. The first seven years of Life are the Formative Years. It isn’t about what they remember. It is about what they feel. What they experience. That they are Loved. That they are Heard. That they are Understood. This is what matters.

People say kids need stability at this age. I believe, stability comes from the parent’s presence. Love, Presence, Stability, Nurturing, Patience, Compassion. Our kids will know stability because they will have us. They are adaptable and eager to Learn, Discover and Explore the World of Curiosity which is the greatest school room or playground I’ve ever known.

I feel more fortunate than I can express for the gift of this opportunity for my family and for myself. I look forward to sharing in the preparation and the expedition itself with you.

May we all find perspective, gratitude and meaning in this life we were given. World, here we come. xoxo

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