I have been dreaming of all of the fun vacations that I wanted to take my kids on. I didn’t get to explore the world as a child and have in turn wanted to give my kids more then what I had. However, I had a revolution about my dreams for them. My “want to” was born out of the fact that I didn’t get to. It was as much for me as it was for them. We have gone on cruises where we snorkeled the barrier reef in Belize, enjoyed both Disney World and Disney Land, Universal, Seaworld, New York City, Boston, LA, and even a Disney Cruise. They have gotten to do SO much more then I ever dreamed possible.
I have decided that we will NOT make it our goal to do Hawaii or the Grand Canyon in hopes that they will want to explore those places with their kids. If we give them all of the memories we didn’t make as children, then what will be left to make with their kids? I want to empower my kids to seize the day and enjoy each and every moment and I fear that by over exposing them they will become complacent.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this and how you have found balance in your journey as parents.