Blog Post by Rodney A. Wilson
Rodney Wilson is a regular guest post writer on Selma on Leadership. Rodney has been a marriage and family pastor/counselor for almost 20 years. Rodney and Selma have been married for 40 years and they have spoken and written on marriage and family issues for most of their married life.
Whether near or far, long or short, family travel can be an opportunity to benefit your crew. Here are some reasons you should get your trip on the family calendar today!You get to see who you are together as more than just a household that sleeps under the same roof. Click To Tweet
1. Traveling allows for focused time as a family. Everyone is out of the routine. You have the chance to concentrate on each other. When that happens, the family identity can develop. You get to see who you are together as more than just a household that eats and sleeps under the same roof.
Implement a zero-screen policy, or at least limit screen time each day on your trip. Turn off the cells, the tablets, etc., and be together in person. Otherwise, you will have taken “parallel trips” with no connection at all.
Consult the entire family, and make a plan together. Play some age appropriate games. Start an ongoing game tournament throughout the trip. Read a story or a book together and discuss it. Be intentional and let everyone contribute to activities. Show your family that you can have fun together.
2. Traveling provides opportunities to see a part of God’s world that you don’t normally see. One opportunity could be to stop and pray a thanksgiving prayer for what He has created. Or sometimes it could simply be a passing word to your children, “Aren’t we grateful to have eyes to see this beautiful waterfall?” Whatever it is, don’t miss the chance to give God praise for letting your family see what is not normally in your path.
3. Traveling provides quality time. It could be that quality time is one or more of your children’s love language, where love is most deeply felt by them through spending time with them. I have a young grandson who has never heard of the Five Love Languages. However, he is always telling me, “PawPaw, come swing me, come play with me, come be with me.” It doesn’t matter the game or activity as long as it’s me spending intentional time with him. When a family travels together the quality time just flows.Traveling provides an excellent time to really get to learn more of who your children are. Click To Tweet
4. Traveling sets the stage for getting to know each other better. It’s an excellent time to really get to learn more of who your children are and what they are going through at this stage in their lives. Just like a student summer camp, their defenses are down and they’re more likely to open up to you. Don’t press your kid but be available and on the lookout for these occasions should they want to talk.
5. Traveling is an awesome time to talk about God. From a simple “How can I pray for you?” when they are young, to “What are you learning in your quiet times lately” as they are older, to discussing deeper theological areas as your child gets older and develops, traveling provides excellent time to talk about God. As a parent, it’s your responsibility to set the spiritual tone in the family. It doesn’t have to be a heavy discussion but look for opportunities to bring the Lord into your family talk.
Traveling as a family can mean a 3-week trip around the country (which I’ve never done). Or it can mean a day trip to your nearest state park. Or anything in between. Get your trip on the family calendar. Get your family excited about going, and make a cool memory this year through your summer family trip.