Twitter Party Recap: Emergencies & Visiting Memorials
@travelermom Hasn’t really altered our plans, other than to be more deliberate when about spending quality time with loved ones….
@arrowssentforth Makes me want to travel more. Vacations are such important quality time with our kids away from distractions.
@lovetolovemykids Children are often much more resilient than we think, but they’ll pick up on our fears if we show it…
@nancyberk Terrible circumstances remind us to maximize preparation.
@twinlins No fear is good but a well handled dose of horror is healthy. We never want us or our kids to become desensitized.
How do you plan for an emergency at home while you are traveling?
@ramblingstump PSA- if you travel to part of the country that has earthquakes, tornados, etc be sure to read safety info in hotel room binder.
@CindyRichards I leave lots of instructions at home. Hubs doesn’t read them but writing them makes me feel better.
@DebMomof3 Make sure others know travel plans, keep phones charged, make sure neighbors aware are gone so can watch out for things.
@PatterTravelers We’re in an earthquake zone. If a big one hits, I want everyone to focus on getting out, not trying to get home.
@JazzyTJan Make sure someone knows my travel plans & I have extra medication & important phone numbers w/me.
What age is ok for “tragic” site visits (Holocaust, etc)?
@yadi25cast I think a good age is 8, they are still very interested in historical facts and they ask lots of questions.
@twinlins My oldest are 7 and working out this concept of evil but I think a memorial would be too much now.
@birdbanter We visited Arlington Nat’l Cemetery w/our 5yo last mnth. Completely lost on her of course, but she loved changing of the guard.
@JazzyTJan Daughter asked 2 go to Holocaust Museum (DC) & studied for it prior to trip. That is when I knew it was time 2 visit.
How do you put those tragic/historic sites in context for your kids?
@kymnasium For me its a careful balance. Even as an adult it’s hard to wrap my mind on tragic events so I go slow with my babies.
@lovetolovemykids I try to show them that there are more good things in the world as there are bad in history and we try to do good always.
@JazzyTJan Many museums/memorials have people who share the history/reason behind them. Reading books b4 helps.
How do you use travel to expand your kids worldview?
@CindyRichards Everything about travel expands our world views-and shows us there are way more good people than bad, all over the world.
@CityGirlBigWorl By learning different cultures and traditions.
@kimorlando It’s always the people we meet when we travel who impact our lives.
What about the holidays comforts you?
@kymnasium Donating. Making others holiday bright.
@CityGirlBigWorl Having my family & friends near. Sitting next to a warm fire sipping hot cocoa!
@PatterTravelers Traditions and family being together are very comforting.
*Note: Comments are sometimes edited for spelling (the vs teh due to fast Twitter fingers!) and for abbreviations that our non-Twitter bretheren may not understand (DH vs dear husband). They are not edited for content as we feel it is valuable for everyone’s original thoughts to be heard!