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ranch,How much of this

  • Sat, Apr 09, 2011 - 02:34pm



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    ranch,How much of this


How much of this travel bug is for your benefit vs. your kids’ benefit?  You’re offering them a wonderful opportunity but I would question them very closely about why they don’t want to leave school again.  The age they’re at now is a critical time in their emotional and social development and I would give strong consideration to the factors that RNcarl wisely mentions.  Once they’re “over the hump” of adolescence, I think they’d benefit much more from the opportunities you’re offering them.  To take them now against apparently strong emotionally driven wishes might leave a hole in their life that is not adequately filled with what you are offering them, no matter how wonderful it seems from the perspective of adults like oursselves who have already gone through the maturation process.

My kids resisted a major family trip at a certain age.  I was not happy about that but respected their wishes.  A couple of years later, they were ready and we had a fabulous time.  I remember on another trip taking them to a museum and they were bored out of their gourds.  A few years later and they were soaking up similar sights eagerly.  Let them be kids while they’re kids.  It’s obviously important to offer your kids opportunities but it’s also important to do it all in good time and let them be who they will be, not who we would like them to be.