6 Reasons To Travel With a 6-Year-Old
I guess you could say this wasn’t our first rodeo. We’ve taken a grandkid on an RV road trip with us before. Eleven years ago we made the trip from California to New Mexico with our now 22-year-old granddaughter Sierra.
New Mexico is the homeland of Phil’s mother who passed away 3 months ago at 101. She would want us to continue the tradition of visiting there so we set out with our youngest granddaughter Gabriella. There is a lot to be gained from traveling with a 6 year old.
1. YOU GET TO GO TO BED EARLY
And get up early, even if that’s not your desire. You also get to skip all those evening shows and leisurely dinners you might be accustomed to. Forget about sitting around having cocktails and hors d’oeuvres – you gotta get dinner on the table pronto!
And, if you’re lucky like me, you may get a whole bunch more sleeping companions in your bed with you. Hey, what happened to Papa? Why, he’s enjoying a good night’s sleep on the couch all by himself.
2. You Get to go to restaurants that have kiddie play areas
The smart people at Cowgirl BBQ in Santa Fe make it easy for families with kids to have a nice dinner or, better yet, Happy Hour which happens earlier. $4 beers and terrific beef, pork or goat meat sliders. And my favorite – a tortilla chip encrusted New Mexico chile relleno. Cute cowboys and cowgirls do the serving, too.
3. YOU GET TO USE YOUR LEFTOVER FOREIGN COINS
It was the bite of the apple that made Gabriella’s tooth come out. What luck for her – the Tooth Fairy is very generous when you lose a tooth in the RV, especially if your grandparents recently came home from Asia with lots of foreign coins they forgot to cash in. We hoped that stores in New Mexico would play along with us when she tried to spend the ones from Hong Kong or Thailand.
4. YOU GET TO HAVE YOUR OWN PERSONAL FASHION MAVEN
This child has style and I always get a kick out of seeing how she dresses herself. She is not bashful about telling me when, um, maybe I need to put on a different top. We had brought her a gorgeous outfit when we returned from India which she regretted not bringing on this trip because it was “Indian”. That’s when we got to explain to her the difference between the Indians in India and the Native American Indians. It turns out that she knew about American Indians already. She told us the story of how they helped the pilgrims by teaching them about corn.
5. YOU GET TO hear the darndest thiNGS
While in the car one day, Phil and I were in disagreement about something or other which we were discussing quite vigorously. From her car seat in the back our little “teacher” said to us, “You guys, you guys, you need to confer!” Well, that stopped our quibbling for a while as we discussed with her what she meant. She said that meant to talk it out and then everything will be ok. So we learned something, and now we confer rather than argue. It does seem to make things work out better!
This little child has a way of getting things done for her by others. She used her special charm on Phil when she needed something moved for her. “Papa,” she said, “be a darling, and put this over there for me.” You can bet he did.
Early in the trip when I was still trying to work out how I would get enough room in the bed I shared with her, she complained that I was taking too much space. She let me know that “kids need their personal space, too.” I told her that I agreed with her, but since I am twice as big I deserved twice the space in the bed. I’ll let you figure out which one of us prevailed on that.
What really made me chuckle happened one day when she was making a bracelet for her sister. She had picked out some beads at a gem and mineral shop in Taos, along with a chain on which to string them. The chain had and end piece that screwed off so you could add beads. Gabriella arranged the beads on the chain by herself but had trouble getting the end piece to go back on. “Grandma”, she said, “will you help me screw this on? You are really good at screwing”.
6. YOU GET TO SEE A KID HAVE FUN!
What a fun trip we had with this little one! Since it was the 2nd time we’ve taken a grandkid to New Mexico in an RV, we felt like it was deja vu “all over again”! I’m glad we could share it with both of our grandkids. Take a look below at some fun things we did on this trip.
Have you travelled with young kids before? What tales do you have of those experiences? Please share your stories in the comment section below. Your email address will not be published but your story will be enjoyed by others. I’m eager to hear from you.
Best always, CarolSueTweet