Unschooling 4.5 year old and 10mnth old
We are finishing up a 2 year stint here in Denmark, and have the chance to travel for 6mo-a year starting in june, while dh telecommutes. We have had some great times traveling in the past, but I am also really pulled to the idea of setting up shop somewhere now that we can.
Should we travel the world or look for a rental in the USA? I really cant decide whats best. DD1 would like stability and friends, but we wont get this chance again any time soon. If we go, we wont be able to bring much, so books and crafts will be limited, which is what she enjoys.
DD2 is little, but easy going. Dh doesnt have time to help me plan anything (he is finishing his masters thesis)
Would you take a chance to travel or stay home? Where would you go?
mama to dd born 8/08 and dd born 4/12 and one crazy oh and one loving dh
I would settle down. But, I guess I'm kind of burned out by moving. We have been moving every year to a different country, and I'm just exhausted. If your daughter is someone who likes stability, predictability and security, it might be very hard on her. I'm like that and I'm longing to settle down, but so far, I guess another move might be knocking on the door But, I have to add, I love traveling, but I need to have a home that I know, is waiting for me.
Hope that helps
I could definitely see the pros and cons to both!
I agree with many of the points cantora87 mentioned. This is a time when your DD1 is strongly attached to you and learns so much from your relationship to her and the world around you both. Much differently than, say, a pre-teen who is starting to perhaps flex some distancing muscles and long for more solid relationships with friends. Every child is different though, and you know your situation better than anyone. As an unschooler, this type of scenario almost seems too perfect for one-of-a-kind opportunities. From someone who has tried to do this on a smaller scale, it is much more difficult once you have "settled", imo.
I personally wouldn't worry about books and crafts too much. Children love repetition, so if you have several great literature reads that you could enjoy and interpret over and over, those would be perfect (and the e-book suggestions was great too!). Do you enjoy storytelling? That is a wonderful past time as well. Crafts can really be anything ... we use a lot of nature to create stuff ... it doesn't take much - just a little creativity can go a long way. Kids are so imaginative and clever - they can construct something out of almost anything!
Good luck on your decision-making! Either way, you really won't go wrong. Your heart will guide you to what is best for your family. If finding a place to stay put and call home is what resonates - go with your gut!
If it is for six months only, instead of traveling the world, I'd pick two locations I'd like to know better and stay at each place three months. I think three months is enough time to know a place well and be ready to move on. I'd also travel very very light. We have an ipad and we utilize that little machine to the max when we travel. We carry our movies and books on it. It is pretty darn awesome.
I like the suggestion of staying for 3 months in each place as a compromise.
Do you have any idea where you will end up living at the end of this time period? If you do not know where you will be living in a year, maybe you can make a list of places where you might want to settle down someday to try them out. I think there are many things you don't know until you live somewhere and it would be wonderful to have a trial run without being committed.
I would do e-books.
For crafts- decorating greeting cards or postcards to send to family/friends might be good
Maybe if your dd does crafts you can take photos of them to keep in a digital scrapbook instead of keeping the things she makes.
Kim ~mom to one awesome dd (12)