I’m so grateful for all the experiences my kids are able to have on this trip.
I read an article this past week on how parents these days seem to have FOMO for their kids and how this sense of “I want my kids to do cool things” is wrong (the writer mentioned taking kids to Disneyland when they can’t really “appreciate” it, and other things.) And this probably won’t surprise you, but I vehemently disagree with this perspective. I don’t have FOMO for my kids. But we consciously had to shed our mentality of “let’s have stuff” so that we could live a life of “let’s do stuff”. I’m not attempting to cross of my kids’ bucket list before they’re 18, I’m just living life with them. Travel is an investment we particularly respect in this family, and it’s not for everyone (by choice or by circumstance) and we get that. Other families will value other experiences and make other choices, which is great for them. This is the one we’ve made.
My kids aren’t spoiled because I want to take them around the world. My kids are not going to grow up entitled because I chose to be a nomad for awhile. My kids have known incredible hardship and very tough years of struggle and frustration. There were many years where we couldn’t have experiences. So now we soak them all in. We freaking love Disneyland. And we love shooting authentic longbows on historic Tudor farms, too. We’d rather have experiences over toys any day of the week. Let’s all just live our lives however we find the most enriching, okay? ❤️