As seen in Anne and Erwan’s Instagram stories from yesterday, November 25, the charming Heussaff family went on a family trip to Paris.
What can you read in this article?
- Dahlia Heussaff in Paris
- Traveling with your child and how it helps with her development
Anne and Erwan also posted photos and videos of Dahlia Heussaff in Paris inside a wildlife museum and posing in front of a giant giraffe display. They also went to see the City of Lights, ate at a restaurant, and fed some pigeons.
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A lot of the netizens commented on how cute Dahlia looked in her mini trench coat as she explored Paris with Anne and Erwan.
Dahlia Heussaff in Paris
It’s the Heussaffs’ first trip together, and it’s to Paris. Anne gave birth to Dahlia Amelie Heussaff in March 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. The family stayed there because of the pandemic until they finally went back to the Philippines in August 2021.
Dahlia Heussaff in Paris: Traveling with your child and how it helps with her development
This trip might be just another family vacation but don’t you know that traveling with your children has special implications for your child’s learning and development?
Some may say that traveling with kids can be a waste of money and time as they’re too little to still remember and enjoy the experience.
However, travel has been shown to have a favorable impact on the mental and physical health of your kids, as well as family ties, according to research.
So, if you’re planning to go on a trip with your kids, go on! Traveling with your child can give him/her a lot of benefits that can aid in his/her growth and development.
Travelling educates your kid
In many ways, the way children learn while traveling is similar to what educational scholars refer to as “play-based learning.” Children’s minds are stimulated by play-based learning and travel because their creativity and imagination are boosted. Both can aid in the development of social and emotional abilities as well as the development of language.
According to Dr. Morgot Sunderland, when traveling with children, specific parts of the brain (the play and seeking system) are activated and trained, but they are significantly less active at home.
When children feel sand beneath their feet, splash with their parents in the pool, or even bounce over the beach on their father’s back, the play system is engaged.
When children discover new objects in nature, for example, the seeking system is stimulated. Both of these triggers are critical for a child’s cognitive development.
Travelling exposes children to new experiences – food, people, transportation, culture, and others. As they go through these new experiences, all of their senses are tested.
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It ignites curiosity and imagination.
Travel stimulates children’s imaginations and encourages them to engage in imaginative play, both of which are abilities that they learn during their youth. It teaches kids to try new things and take on new experiences like riding a horse, feeding birds, or going down a big slide or zipline.
Travel brings up a plethora of possibilities in their small brains, and they get accustomed to being open to and willing to try new things.
It’s like going back in time to learn the history
From books to technology and the internet, we can learn a lot about our history. Nothing, however, is more helpful for a child’s learning than walking right in the halls and rooms of where our history’s great individuals once lived.
This also allows children to experience and revisit cultures that are often very different from what they are experiencing presently.
Travel teaches kids that people look different but we’re all the same
Getting exposed to other races and their culture teaches kids about diversity. Traveling will teach them that no matter how different people look from the outside, we are all the same – humans. They can even develop friendships while traveling! What’s not exciting about a kid having friends worldwide, right?
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Kids become more adaptable and flexible
When traveling with small children, they are exposed to a new ‘normal.’ It permits them to adjust to changing events and change their routines more easily.
The differences in culture of different places teach children to adapt and be flexible. For example, in using chopsticks instead of a knife and a fork. Or sleeping in tents rather than in big, wide beds in airconditioned hotel rooms.
Traveling teaches kids to adjust to changing surroundings and change their behaviors more easily.
Encourages family bonding
Travel teaches children the value of creating memories and having fun rather than focusing on material things.
Traveling with your kid can be one of the best ways to spend quality time together. It not only offers the opportunity to see the world, but it also provides an opportunity for parents to engage in meaningful conversations with each other and their children.
Of course, traveling with kids won’t be so easy and perfect as you would imagine it to be. You will definitely experience hiccups along the way but this would be part of a memory that both parents and children will cherish and learn from.
Traveling won’t be easy but it will be worth it
Traveling with young kids will definitely be a challenge. As parents, you need to carefully plan out and strategize your trip, making room for immediate solutions to the usual inconveniences you might experience.
The travel may get toxic and exhausting but one thing is for sure, it will be worth it.
Here are some ways to prepare for your family trip:
- Research on your destination. Check activities you can try out where your kids can best learn. You can even engage your kids by telling them about it!
- Learn a bit of the local language. Come prepared by learning about the local language of the place you’re going to. It’s not just going to save you a lot of time on the trip, it also adds up to your local experience.
- Learn about their culture in advance – what not to wear, how to speak etc. Knowing one’s local language and a culture is an act of respect.
After every trip, end your day with a reflection with your kids. Talk about what you’ve seen and learned for the day and encourage them to talk about their experiences and views about the trip.
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