Written by monthly contributor Jessica Fisher of Life as Mom
All of life is learning. Our children can learn so much, academically as well as socially, by a simple trip to the grocery store as well as by completing a math lesson amidst the distractions of a sibling.
And summertime is no different. Whether it’s exploring on the beach, strolling through a museum, or even waiting in line at Disneyland, our children are always learning about themselves, others, and the surrounding world.
However, some learning experiences, like gutting a fish on a camping trip, are more appropriate for certain ages than others. And in a large family, there’s the rub. We are eager to share the world with our children, particularly on vacation and family field trips, but with a large family or even two children born many years apart, it can be challenging to create experiences appropriate to all the ages and stages of our children.
- What if the baby can’t handle such a long day in the mountains?
- What if the older children are bored at the children’s museum?
- What if it’s just too hard to take everyone to that amusement park?
Take heart — families with a range of children’s ages can foster meaningful vacations without too much extra effort. [Read more...]