Kids Are Adaptable to Change ?? :: Raising A Traveling Tribe

by Tina on August 26, 2015

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While much of the world is going back to school, our little people are still in travel mode as we enjoy our last few days in Florida after a whirlwind that took us from Paris to Lisbon to Copenhagen to Atlanta and now on to three different cities in Florida.  One thing that has constantly amazed me is the fact that, by appearance at the very least, our kids are adaptable to change.  A lot of parents ask us what it is like to travel so much with kids and while at times we worry that we are depriving them of a consistent schedule and a certain level of predictability in their lives, they only seem to thrive in the midst of change.

Our daughter, who was not even a year old the first time we moved away from the US and is now 14, recently told us that she gets bored when we sit still too long.  That really surprised me because I’ve always heard that kids hate change.

What about you?  Do you like change?  Do you find that your kids are adaptable to change?  Perhaps it is something that they learn when they are forced into it or do we, as humans, need some level of change to keep life interesting?

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Belle August 26, 2015 at 11:45 pm

We don’t sit still for too long, either. We average an international move once every 2 or three years, with Denmark being the longest we’ve been in one place since moving abroad 10 years ago. While our oldest was born in London, DK was really the only place he knew until last year’s move to Hamburg. He sometimes misses his friends and often says he misses Vejle, but we just got back from a few days in Paris and now he’s ready to move again. I think kids are/can be adaptable but it really depends a lot on the kid and how we as parents approach the change. We try (tried) to present it as an adventure while at the same acknowledging their feelings and fears. It’s a balancing act, especially when they’re young, isn’t it?

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Reflections August 30, 2015 at 8:29 pm

I really think it depends on the child. I have 2 kids who have adapted well to a new country and a new language (although it was a bit of a rocky road for the older one with the language) but my middle child is still struggling 2 years in, mostly with the language and less nurturing school environment. It’s so tricky to know what to do for the best especially as the country he misses and calls home is not where we are from! I guess the best thing is to be as positive as you can while acknowledging that they may be experiencing things from a different perspective 🙂

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