Kids + Travel + Fun

Oct 22, 2013

These days an increasingly busy work schedule and hectic home life means the school drop-off is probably the place where I get to do my most socialising. Which is why I have come to look forward to my regular catchups with the other moms and dads.

In 15 minutes or less us parents manage to talk about everything; when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING. From playground crushes to health issues and keeping up with the Kardashians, we have a way of covering the world news in record time. For the most part, these conversations usually go pretty smoothly, but there are still times when I catch myself thinking: “I wonder if moms back home in Canada would think the same way about this issue?”

This was especially true the other day when I told parents I’d be taking my son out of school for a week and their responses were to my total surprise negative. “Oh! I’d never do that” said one parent, after another, after yet another. I have to admit to being more than a little baffled by this… and I started to reflect on the pros and cons of a week away from the classroom.

me and mom in berlin

In the few days we were in Berlin, my son was exposed to a new culture, learnt phrases in German, navigated the city with his own map and ended up schooling me on the historical significance of the Berlin Wall. By missing a week of traditional school, my son was schooled in real life. Simply being there pushed him to think critically about the world around him, the experience boosted his awareness of other languages and it also gave him an intense course in German history and geography.

The trip was so much fun, I am thinking of planning more trips away – and, yes, that will probably mean a few days away from the classroom.


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