Today we have a guest post by the lovely Jameela Ho sharing with us the 5 Important reasons why you should travel with your kids who is a mother of two children and a teacher of young children. She helps parents to form close relationships with their children. Click this link to get her free ebook ‘The Family Fun Activities Guide’ to grow and form strong bonds with your children in fun ways.
Travelling overseas can be a challenge especially with children. When unexpected things happen you don’t have the comfort of familiarity or being home. When your children get sick it could mean being stuck in your hotel room for a few days.
This is not to put you off because on the other side of travelling with kids are the advantages. These far outweigh what could go wrong. The most important is that it builds their character. If you want your children to be less self-centred, be understanding, get along with others, to be kind and grateful then pack your suitcases and start planning an overseas trip with them.
Here are five great reasons why you should travel overseas with your kids:
1. Learn About Other Cultures
Children live in a world that revolves around themselves. They do what everyone else in their society does. Rarely do they step outside of their own world and see how others live their lives. Unless they have multicultural friends whom they hang out with on a regular basis at their homes then children won’t get to see other cultures being lived. Travelling to a country with a different culture does this. They are thrust right in the middle of a different culture. Everywhere they turn, they cannot not see it. They quickly learn that they’re not the only one in this world. There are others and other ways of doing things. This is the richness of life on this earth. When your children travel the world they will realise how small they are in the grander scheme of
things. They become humble and less arrogant that their way of living is the only way.
2. Develop Empathy
The more that your children travel to different countries with different cultures the more they will see and understand the differences in people as well as the similarities. They will learn that although we look different and do things differently we are all humans with the same basic needs such as love, safety and peace. It becomes easier for your children to see things from other people’s perspective. They develop empathy. This lets your children get along with others and treat them nicely. They become less narrow-minded as their own is opened to many others.
3. Become Tolerant and Accepting of Others
Children who learn about other cultures and have empathy are more likely to be tolerant and accepting of others. The world is a much better place if we all have this and encourage it in our children. What better way than to travel with our kids?
Allah says in the Quran (alHujurat 49:13):
O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.
Traveling with our children to other cultures and living among the people allows us to get to know one another. When we know one another we’re likely to treat each other well and have better relationships with others.
4. More Kind and Generous
When children travel and experience other cultures, their developing empathy allows them to be kinder. They understand how others feel and will treat them more kindly, the way they want to be treated themselves. They become more generous and want to help others.
These acts of kindnesses are what is encouraged in Islam. Allah says, Woe to those who pray, who are heedless of their prayer, who pray to be seen and withhold small acts of kindness. Surah Al-Ma’un 107:4-7
5. More Grateful and Appreciative
When your children come home after having travelled overseas, they become more appreciative of the things that they have at home. After going for a few weeks without their cosy home they are grateful for it. Everything becomes dearer – their comfortable bed, their familiar neighbourhood, their predictable friends, their habitual routine. This is comfort in the familiar.
The other appreciation they have is for having something rather than nothing when they’ve seen poverty.
They have done what the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Do not look to those above you, lest you view the favours of Allah as trivial.” (al Bukhari and Muslim)
When children see people who have less than them, they are more appreciative of what they do have. These children are more optimistic and are satisfied with their lives.