Best Friends Around The World - Traveling With School-Age Kids
April 29, 2012
"A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles" Tim Cahill
Our 11 year old daughter showed me this list that she had doodled in her notebook and it made me smile. She has been traveling the world non-stop since she was five and has seen much more of the world than most will ever see in a lifetime ( 44 countries on 5 continents..much of it slow travel with time to immerse and reflect).
I adore how she used her three languages in the description..using the Mandarin word for friends and Spanish word for world. Most of the friends on this list, she has been close to for many years.Just this weekend she had a long conversation with her best friends in Spain while in Asia via Skype..keeping current while we are at a distance. Then she was off with international friends here to sing Karoke in several languages.
"Traveling in the company of those we love is home in motion" Hunt
Our tween is a very social child and her long term friendships as well as her education are very important to us and we didn't want to just have the "bubble" of International schools, but local friends from around the world from every aspect and class who don't move around. Eclectic homeschooling and dipping into local schools in three countries has been enriching for her languages, cultural immersion and social life..returning regularly has made all the difference.
LONG TERM FRIENDSHIPS FOR A TRAVELING CHILD
Can traveling kids have deep, consistent friendships? We prove it can be done! Here is how we handle long term friendships as we travel:
I've read recently that studies show that we form our prejudices from three to twelve and I pray her many experiences have opened her mind to all the wonderful people in this world and the so many different ways to do life.
I will be curious to see how these friendships and experiences affect her adult life! Is this cute or what? Sometimes a child's doodling or drawing can tell us a lot about their inner world. What do you think?