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7 Lessons Kids Can Learn From Traveling With Radio Flyer Girls Scooter

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Radio Flyer girls scooter. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Living in Southern California there are so many things to see and places to visit. We are an active family who enjoys spending our time together creating lasting memories. Traveling provides our children with plenty of opportunities to learn new things and explore the many things that there are to do.

7 Lessons Kids Can Learn From Traveling

  1. Patience – Traveling is often times fluid, it changes quickly and often delays can arise. Traveling teaches your children patience and just rolling with whatever comes.
  2. Confidence – Traveling has given my children confidence, not only in exploring new things but in interacting with other cultures.
  3. Perspective – With traveling your children learn perspective realizing how big of a place the world is and how much there is to learn.
  4. Integrity – Traveling buildings integrity. Children get to see how other cultures live, experiencing new places and diverse backgrounds.
  5. A History Lesson – There is so much actual learning that happens when we travel. From the zoo to the museum, even just experiencing other cultures can be a learning experience.
  6. Family Bonds – With traveling you will gain a number of shared experiences and memories. You never have to be far form your family to feel like you are at home and that’s what it’s all about. That lasting family connection.
  7. The Ability To Be Carefree – When traveling as a family you are often on a vacation so just allowing yourself to be carefree. have fun, ride bikes or a scooter. Explore a new park and play tag. Being active with your kids energizes you and don’t we all travel for fun? So get out and play and have some fun!

girl on scooter

Just this weekend in San Diego our girls set out on our own adventure to one of our favorite parks downtown. It’s one of those places that our kids just love and has helped to build confidence with our four year old. Her girls scooter is not only fun but really she’s learning so many life lessons simply from playing. Being the youngest she is our most sensitive child so I like activities that grow her confidence and playing is a great way to do just that.

girls scooter

Building Confidence With Her Girls Scooter

For the last 100 years Radio Flyer has been inspiring kids to get out a play. Radio Flyer has introduced Radio Flyer Adventure Travel, the site that wants to inspire you to get out a play with your kids. With essential products for play like the Build-A-Wagon or Build-A-Scooter. Our youngest has her own girls scooter that is customized and pink and was have built just for her. It’s the perfect travel companion for all of our adventures this summer! Just put it in the back of the car and we are off!

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toddler scooter

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159 Comments

  1. Sand on June 29, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    I double recipes and freeze for times that I don’t have time to cook!



  2. Timothy Simpson on June 29, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Yes keep it in the freezer



  3. Denise W on June 29, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    I do. My tip is to set aside a day to tackle a number of meals at once. You will save a lot of time with cleanup in the long run.



  4. Jerry Marquardt on June 29, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Most of the time I try to prepare meals ahead of time if time does permit.



  5. Carolyn Daley on June 29, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Sometimes we prepare meals ahead of time, but not very often. We do make plenty of food for leftovers most of the time.



  6. amy stonger on June 29, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    I’d love to take my kids to Miami Florida for an adventure. Even though I’m in my thirties I’ve never been. I do not pre-plan my meals but I wish I did. I really think you need to plan ahead and I’m such a procrastinator.



  7. jules m. on June 29, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    i make my breakfast and lunch ahead of time but thats about it



  8. Linda G. on June 29, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    I do prepare meals ahead if I have a hectic week ahead, it sure helps.



  9. Kayla Klontz on June 29, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Sometimes I prep ahead of time, I like to do bags of things I can just throw in my crock pot, it’s awesome.



  10. Charity Moore on June 29, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    I am a single mom of 5 children. Meal planning is a MUST in my house! It helps make things a little bit easier on me.



  11. Janine h on June 29, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    I do try to meal prep on Sundays



  12. Leah Shumack on June 29, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Yes I plan my meals ahead of time! That way I know what I need to buy from the store (usually just the meats…I have a well stocked pantry thanks to couponing!) and know that we’re coming home to a crockpot hot meal on our busy days!



  13. Angela Thorpe on June 29, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    We do, we prepare meat, brothes and chili ahead of time and freeze them so all we have to do is reheat and eat!



  14. Stephanie Larison on June 29, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Yes I love to throw ingredients into a bag together, throw them in the freezer. It comes in handy when I need a quick crock pot meal to just dump it all and go.



  15. clynsg on June 29, 2017 at 11:14 am

    I still sometimes prepare meals ahead of time, especially slow cooker ones and casseroles, but not as often as I did before retirement.



  16. Kelsey vinson on June 29, 2017 at 9:51 am

    The crock pot is my best friend lol



  17. Julie Terry on June 29, 2017 at 9:50 am

    I do make meals before hand, I love doing freezer meals, they are such a great timesaver. I prefer to do meals, that you freeze and then cook in a slowcooker, makes my life so much easier. I also will make extra casseroles and freeze them. Also, I like to make breakfast burritos, bean burritos, and beef burritos and put them in the freezer for easy to eat breakfasts and lunches. Another thing that I do, is I make extra waffles and pancakes and freeze those, also do the same with muffins, cookies and even cakes. I like to keep my freezers full of things, that make my life easier.



  18. Rust on June 29, 2017 at 9:48 am

    I would love to take a family vacation to Yellowstone.



  19. Peggy Rydzewski on June 29, 2017 at 9:27 am

    I do sometimes. It makes things easier.



  20. Bekki Lindner on June 29, 2017 at 9:18 am

    I don’t do a ton of meal prep ahead of time, but I am a huge proponent of meal planning! I find that planning my meals two weeks at a time really cuts down on not only spending at the grocery store, but on afternoon stress!



  21. Elizabeth Brooks on June 29, 2017 at 9:13 am

    I cook chicken ahead of time



  22. Sarah Mayer on June 29, 2017 at 8:57 am

    I sometimes do. I would cook all the meals on one day and freeze them so we can use them during the week.



  23. Philip Lawrence on June 29, 2017 at 7:51 am

    I prepare meals ahead of time. I usually make a larger amount of what ever I would eat and perhaps have a few identical meals until I finish off what I had prepared.



  24. Kathy Pease on June 29, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Yes I like to prepare dishes like lasagna and freeze them in single portions for convenient quick meals.. We always loved to adventure to the beach.



  25. Robert on June 29, 2017 at 5:54 am

    I do not prepare meals I am a very lazy eater if we don’t have leftovers in fridge I tend to eat ice cream with peanut butter for my meal



  26. Karen Behrman on June 29, 2017 at 4:36 am

    Yes always prepare meals ahead and freeze the major components such as spaghetti sauce or meatballs or any items needed



  27. Tina W on June 29, 2017 at 4:33 am

    I am good at meal preppiing about 30% of the time. I try to have at least one quick and easy dinner on hand at all times (spaghettie and meatballs, fajitas, etc)



  28. SHAYNA BROOKMAN on June 29, 2017 at 3:55 am

    I DO NOT PLAN MEALS AHEAD OF TIME. I SHOULD THOUGH BECAUSE I AM ALWAYS STRESSED ABOUT WHAT TO MAKE FOR DINNER.



  29. Aaron on June 29, 2017 at 12:55 am

    Always make extra to freeze for quick and easy leftover meals.



  30. Janice B on June 28, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Being a single mom and the way my work schedule is. I like to prepare some meals on my day of and freeze them. This is great for those nights when we need something quick due to our schedules. We can just thaw them in the fridge overnight and pop them in the microwave.



  31. Erin M on June 28, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Every weekend I say I will but I never get to it.



  32. Dee Hadley on June 28, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    It really depends on what I have planned for the next couple of days. When I do prepare them ahead of time I usually get my crock pot ready and put it in the fridge. so in the morning before I leave I can just throw it in the unit. I have a double crock pot so that is extremely helpful. Sometimes I will even make food seal it and freeze it portion size so they can just be grabbed, thawed and prepared.



  33. Tami Vollenweider on June 28, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Even though I’m retired now,I still do sometimes! I’ll load up my smoker full with meats and then all I have to make is side items to with the meat! I’ll even freeze some of the leftover meat for future meals!!



  34. Marilyn Nawara on June 28, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    I used to prepare meals ahead of time when I was working full-time, but now that I’m home I don’t anymore.



  35. Lesley F on June 28, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    When I have time I like to make casseroles and freeze them



  36. Rachel Freer on June 28, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    I sometimes prepare meals ahead of time but not as often as I would like. I usually freeze casseroles so that I have easy to cook meals.



  37. Stephanie Liske on June 28, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    I only have meals ahead of time if I have leftovers.



  38. Paula Michele Hafner on June 28, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    When I brown ground beef or boil up chicken for a recipe, I cook up double then freeze the extra. It really only takes a few extra minutes but it saves time later on. The frozen meat can be thawed out in the fridge or defrosted quickly in the microwave.



  39. DanV on June 28, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    We sometimes make meals ahead of time and get them ready to cook in a crock pot or freeze them for later.



  40. Michelle H. on June 28, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    I often like to prepare onions ahead of time and freeze them in freezer bags. It makes meal prepping so much easier. I also love using a slow cooker.



  41. Patricia Mingozzi on June 28, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    I prepare my lunches in advance. I cook for the whole week on Sunday. I usually make turkey breast cutlets and sweet potatoes.



  42. amanda whitley on June 28, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    i shop one day and then meal prep the next day so i dont get worn out. i date everything so i know when things go bad



  43. Ed on June 28, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Double the lasagna recipe; one for now, the other in the freezer.



  44. Autumn Sirmeyer on June 28, 2017 at 10:47 am

    I really would love to take my son to Germany. It’s so beautiful and the people are so nice there.



  45. Elle on June 28, 2017 at 10:39 am

    I don’t usually prepare meals ahead of time. I do prepare fruit and veggies though so they are ready to grab for a snack or salad.



  46. Ty on June 28, 2017 at 10:18 am

    We do a lot of freezer meals and love using the crock-pot.



  47. Leah Juarez on June 28, 2017 at 10:13 am

    With everything new that has come from this company – nothing beats that classic red!!



  48. allison on June 28, 2017 at 9:00 am

    I am more of an on the go type of meal planner! Thanks so much for the chances to win.



  49. Karen Drake on June 28, 2017 at 3:10 am

    I don’t prepare meals ahead of time, I wish I were that on top of things..lol



  50. Kristen Joiner on June 27, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    No, we don’t prepare meals ahead of time. I tried once and the food just tasted terrible, ingredients went bad, etc. It was easier just to cook them the day of. 🙂



  51. Mandy koppenstein on June 27, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    I don’t prepare meals ahead of time because sometimes I crave something for dinner and I want to eat it that same night.



  52. Mark Marville on June 27, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    No!



  53. Amanda lea on June 27, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    I tried to meal prep couldnt keep up with it!! Now I just easy meal plan.



  54. Renee Grosskreuz on June 27, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    I sometimes prepare meals ahead of time.I only make what I will eat at a later time.



  55. Natalie B on June 27, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    I do not prepare meals ahead of time. I pretty much stink at cooking.



  56. Samantha on June 27, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I like to cut up the vegetables the night before to make cooking dinner easier the next night!



  57. Zach B on June 27, 2017 at 7:57 am

    I always prep meals and use a cock pot often to help me!



  58. Kim H on June 27, 2017 at 3:21 am

    I try to plan a menu before I go tot he grocery



  59. Ellie Wright on June 26, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    I don’t generally prepare meals ahead of time. Other than meats in the Crock-pot to serve the next day occasionally.



  60. Missy on June 26, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    I try to. My latest attempt is to cook double meals. Then I only have to clean up once and we eat the same thing 2 times in the week.



  61. Sandra Preti on June 26, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Yes, I use every Sunday to prep and get ready for the week. It is especially helpful to chop veggies and wash/store fruits, etc. as easy snacks!



  62. heather on June 25, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    I prepare meals ahead of time for the busy week. My best tip is to chop up a lot of different veggies and store them in containers for quick use during the week.



  63. Keri justice on June 25, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Yes I plan ahead! Make a plan and a list and stick with it!



  64. Lily on June 25, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    I love preparing food ahead of time and my biggest tip is to LABEL because it makes finding meals so easy!



  65. Patty Niedert on June 25, 2017 at 11:04 am

    We mostly eat a lot of chicken breasts so on the weekends I cook up a bunch and put them in freezer bags. If I need some for a salad I take them out, reheat and add. It really helps save time during the week.



  66. Erica B. on June 25, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Just keep a lot of variety…or you get off track easily.



  67. pycnos on June 25, 2017 at 12:54 am

    i try to prepare some meals before hand..



  68. Julieh on June 24, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    I don’t really prepare meals n advance. But I want to start trying!



  69. susan smoaks on June 24, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    i do a little bit of preparation ahead of time. most of the time i have the ingredients ready and then put them together when it’s time to eat.



  70. Heather W on June 23, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    The extent of doing meals early is meal planning. I dont have the time to prepare meals early. The only one i do it frozen breakfast burritos!



  71. tara darity on June 23, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    No I don’t but my husband prepares his meals for a week ahead of time.



  72. Dana Rodriguez on June 23, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    I like to prep ahead of time. It saves me a lot of cooking time.



  73. laura bernard on June 23, 2017 at 9:14 am

    I try my best to!



  74. rust on June 22, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    I like to cook in bulk and freeze so I have options at meal time.



  75. Starla on June 22, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    I love to make meals ahead of time. I can spend a few hours in a month or twice a month and make ahead breakfast muffins, soups, casseroles, stuff that only has to be put in the crock pot and turned on. It helps a ton!



  76. Tracie Cooper on June 22, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    I love to make casseroles once a month to freeze for a healthy dinner on a hectic day.



  77. BusyWorkingMama on June 22, 2017 at 6:46 am

    I prep a lot ahead of time. I generally meal plan on Thursday and get groceries to cook up a storm over the weekend since I work weeks.



  78. Tee Anderson on June 21, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    I make a list for saturday grocery shopping and prep a few meals to cook for the upcoming week. lasagna is one of our favs.



  79. pat l on June 20, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Sometimes I make doubles and freeze for later!



  80. Birdie Skolfield on June 19, 2017 at 7:17 am

    just enchiladas and lasagne those are the dishes that freeze well for me I just double the recipe and freeze right away



  81. Kathy D on June 17, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    i TRY TO USE MY CROCK POT WISH I DID IT MORE WHEN I WORK 10 HOURS DAYS



  82. Ami b on June 17, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    I try to prepare meals ahead…but I’ve also gotten in the habit of cutting up all of my fruits and veggies into Tupperware so my kids are more likely to grab a healthy snack



  83. Chrissy on June 14, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    I don’t prepare meals ahead of time very often but I do meal plan and grocery shop ahead of the time so that actually making the meal is a lot faster than it would be!



  84. Denise Sachs on June 14, 2017 at 8:40 am

    I cut vegetables ahead of time and keep in the fridge. I set out all ingredients on the counter before I begin a recipe.



  85. Kim Naumann on June 13, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Yes, invest in some good containers to help keep your prepped food fresh.



  86. Em Mahr on June 12, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Yes, I do a lot of meal prep on Sundays. I’ll pre-cut vegetables and marinate meat. If there’s a night that I won’t be home in time to cook, I get all of the ingredients pre-measured for my husband and kids so they just pump and cook.



  87. mickeyfan on June 11, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    When I make certain meals (casseroles, meatballs, etc) I make double batches and freeze one for later.



  88. Sandy H on June 11, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    I sometimes prepare them ahead and use the crock pot alot.



  89. Stephanie Phelps on June 11, 2017 at 11:48 am

    I try to prepare my meals in the mornings when the house is not as crazy that way I can get it done quickly come dinner time!



  90. Robin M on June 10, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I usually cook a bunch on Sundays so the kids have leftovers to choose from for their lunches.



  91. Monica S. on June 10, 2017 at 6:30 am

    How i usually plan meals ahead deals with creating a menu for the week. Something think thats not fully set in stone but can be altered and switched around if needed. I will usually buy basic items like pasta, rice, and veggies to add to the meals. That way its easy to switch around and add or subtract something from the meal. And sometimes I make a large batch of whatever I’m making for dinner to roll over into the next night for leftovers. If i have left over chicken or any other meat I’ll try to rehash the meal into a different meal. A simple golash or something to that effect. Just so nothing goes to waste.



  92. Bryan Vice on June 10, 2017 at 4:39 am

    Sometimes i prepare for the week makes it so much easier and saves me some time



  93. Annemarie LeBlanc on June 8, 2017 at 1:00 am

    I remember owning a Radio Flyer when I was a kid. Me and my siblings had so much fun with it. I am glad they are still doing business to this day so my grandkids won’t miss out on this. I would love to take my kids and grandkids on vacation to the Caribbean. Oh, your list of lessons children learn from traveling is so true. I know because I did take my own kids on several trips when they were growing up.



  94. Wendy R. on June 7, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    I don’t normally prepare meals ahead of time.



  95. Angela Milnes on June 7, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    What an amazing creatures. I love the photographs and its content. I want to have all of those plants in our home. Everything are gorgeous.



  96. Kristin C on June 7, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    I’d love to do Disney with my kids



  97. Jenny Scheldberg on June 7, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Every Sunday I plan out and shop for the meals we will have during the week.



  98. Jessica W. on June 7, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Yes, I prep my salad lunches at the beginning of the week.



  99. Grant D on June 7, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    I grill chicken in bulk and use it all week long



  100. Edye on June 7, 2017 at 11:52 am

    I do sometimes! Especially if I’m busy that week/day.



  101. jeremy mclaughlin on June 7, 2017 at 11:30 am

    We like to prepare slow cooker meals.



  102. Erin F on June 7, 2017 at 11:19 am

    I love that you mentioned a history lesson! As kids, we always went to the smokey mountains and there was SO MUCH history to be learned! Now, as an adult, I prefer vacations that are centred around learning.



  103. Carrie G on June 7, 2017 at 10:04 am

    No I don’t really prepare them but I do make a monthly meal plan



  104. Shandra Doolittle on June 7, 2017 at 9:47 am

    We pre-wash and chop our veggies ahead of time.



  105. Rachel on June 7, 2017 at 9:17 am

    I prepare meals ahead of time on a regular basis. My best tip is to make out a list of grocery items you need to prepare your freezer meals and save it so you can use it again in the future. I also like to look for inspiration on Pinterest.



  106. Wehaf on June 7, 2017 at 8:41 am

    I would love to take my family hiking in the Grand Canyon!



  107. Meghan on June 7, 2017 at 7:59 am

    No, but I wish I did



  108. Jen D. on June 7, 2017 at 6:50 am

    I prepare some meals ahead of time in the sense of making enough for another meal or two. I also freeze extras sometimes. My best tip for freezing soups is to save the glass jars from the spaghetti sauce, etc. that you buy in the store. When you fill the jar, leave room for expansion – about an inch or so. Soup freezes well in the jars, but I am careful how I put them in my freezer. I also freeze bone broth in this manner.



  109. Cindy Peteraon on June 7, 2017 at 6:21 am

    I meal plan and meal prep every week but only infrequently prepare meals ahead of time.



  110. Carly Daring on June 7, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Yes, I do. Its the only way to do it with my work schedule. I cut up my fruit and snacks and portion them in bags and prepare 2-3 meals for the week that I can easily pack for lunches and dinners.



  111. Jack B on June 7, 2017 at 2:13 am

    We don’t cook at home much, but when we do, I make sure to have all the ingredients, implements, and containers together and ready to go before taking the first “cooking” step. Learned the hard way what it’s like missing an important ingredient after you got halfway done with the prep.



  112. Kristi on June 6, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    I hope to take our kids to Yellowstone this summer, if that doesn’t work then we will head to Colorado and visit a friend and have adventures too.



  113. Brittney House on June 6, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    I try to always prepare and prep meals ahead of time. I don’t have much time after work so I like to prep the night before as much as I can.



  114. robyn paris on June 6, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    I don’t prepare meals ahead. I wish I did because it would be easier.



  115. Louise Bishop on June 6, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    My kids have traveled with me a lot, and it really does build a lot of character. They are way ahead of some kids who don’t get to travel.



  116. Wendy Polisi on June 6, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Seeing other cultures at a young age is very nice for developing integrity. More kids need that today.



  117. Kita Bryant on June 6, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    I am glad you have patience listed as number one. The kids are going to need plenty of it. Lol!



  118. katherine on June 6, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    No I don’t I jst have a menu so I know where I amheaded for meals every day



  119. Christy Leeper on June 6, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    We try to make a big dinner on Sunday or Monday – something like a big pot of chili or a big casserole and eat the leftovers throughout the week. Chili is more versatile than a casserole to make into different dinners so we tend to make different types of chili more often than casseroles.



  120. Dogvills on June 6, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    The fun times kids have when traveling will be in their memories forever. When I was a kid, my parents always took us to the beach. Why always the beach? Because they know I loved to swim. Even at the age I am now, I can close my eyes and vividly remember all the fun things we did as a family. Even singing 99 bottles of beer on the wall in the car!



  121. Shannon Gurnee on June 6, 2017 at 11:29 am

    I’ve always loved the Radio Flyer brand. Our kids have loved the scooter and toys they have as well.



  122. Denise B. on June 6, 2017 at 10:26 am

    No, I don’t prepare meals ahead of time. I make them as I need them and when I want something. I only prepare food ahead of time if it’s for a big buffet spread I’m laying out.



  123. Jeanine on June 6, 2017 at 9:36 am

    This is great. We plan to travel a bit more when the kids are a little bit older, when they can really appreciate and learn from it!



  124. Seattle Travel Blogger on June 6, 2017 at 8:56 am

    This is a cool post. I like the fact that travel does indeed add perspective to a child’s life. It is all too easy to get locked into the idea that the U.S. and even more locally-focused, is all there is to a child.



  125. Toni | Boulder Locavore on June 6, 2017 at 7:43 am

    These are all so true! I love it when my kids learn from our travels! Patience is one of the most important things they should learn. From waiting in line to adjusting for flight delays, it’s such a great way to teach them good manners.



  126. Amy @ Marvelous Mommy on June 6, 2017 at 7:05 am

    I love traveling with my children and letting them see how other cultures live. I prepare meals ahead of time as much as possible!



  127. Foodie Finds Home on June 5, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    I agree that traveling with kids can teach them all those things and so much more. My kids would love one of those scooters, as they seem to be on a scooter kick lately. They have worked wonders and we travel with them. They scoot through airports and cities when we travel. It makes life super easy.



  128. Chantal on June 5, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    I am so grateful for everything I was able to learn from family trips as a child! These are all so true, especially patience!



  129. nickie on June 5, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    I don’t prepare much ahead of time, but when I do it’s a time saver.



  130. Amanda Love on June 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    I love traveling with my kids. It gives us time to spend together as well as strengthen our relationship as a family. I agree with all the lessons that you shared!



  131. Carol Cassara on June 5, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Traveling can teach kids a lot of things about themselves and about life. It’s awesome to expose them to experiences like this. I think those are beautiful lessons!



  132. heather s on June 5, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    I don’t prepare ahead much sometimes I cook alot on Sunday and use it during the week



  133. Liz Mays on June 5, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    These are good points! Kids should definitely be able to get out and learn in new places. It’s nice to see them growing and having fun.



  134. Nicole Martin on June 5, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    I don’t, but I really should! I’m always scrambling to make dinner.



  135. Tom on June 5, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    I prepare by having the number for the local Pizza parlor.



  136. Melissa Chapman on June 5, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    This is one thing I haven’t had a chance to help my kids with because we don’t get away much. These great ideas make me want to travel more.



  137. Eileen J Richter on June 5, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Nope, i usually do not prepare ahead of time. I make bigger meals so we get one leftover meal out of it. BUT, I do find that using our local store flyers and making lists and doing pick up for meals ahead DOES help. I might do a couple steps of prep a night ahead but keep the other ingredients for freshness.



  138. Kelly D on June 5, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    I prepare meals ahead of time by cooking soups and chili in the crock pot.



  139. Steve Weber on June 5, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    We never prepare meals ahead of time… we barely know what we want to eat the night of dinner!



  140. Janet Woodling on June 5, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Yes I prepare meals ahead of time. My tip today is when I grill I grill several meals at once. I use a charcoal grill and while the coals are hot I cook a couple of different meats. I use a meat thermometer so I do not overcook especially so when the meat is reheated it does not dry out.



  141. Kelly Hutchinson on June 5, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    My kids love to travel, even thought we don’t get to do it as often as I would like. My son loves to stay in the different hotels!



  142. Jammie on June 5, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    We usually do not prepare ahead of time, I will thaw some meat out, but we usually wing it.



  143. latanya on June 5, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    I do not. I buy subscription meals



  144. Tracey on June 5, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Seeing the world through a child’s eyes is amazing. It takes everything to a whole new level. You learn to look at things differently, slow down and enjoy!



  145. Vera Sweeney on June 5, 2017 at 11:24 am

    I could not love this post any more than I do right now. I am a huge proponent of traveling with kids. I have witnessed my kids grow by leaps and bounds just from the lessons they’ve learned through travel.



  146. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle on June 5, 2017 at 11:19 am

    This post is so important for every parent to read! Travel opens up a whole new world for kids. They learn so much and experience so much.



  147. Valerie Mabrey on June 5, 2017 at 11:06 am

    I prepare burritos ahead of time and then place them in single serve reheat tubs. Makes it super easy to grab and go.



  148. Anne Higgins on June 5, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Many of the meals are prepared in advance. As the kids reached 18 months or so I would try to encourage them to help pack up a picnic for our outings. For the younger ones, I will pack what I know should be eaten. As any parent knows, we have to be prepared with LOTS of foods/snacks as kids change their minds quickly. I was raised to make decisions – sometimes they had to be rearranged for better choices, but it allowed my siblings and me to learn to communicate at home and when out to eat in public.



  149. Sarah Bailey on June 5, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Travelling is amazing, and it can definitely teach all ages so much about life and family.



  150. robin rue on June 5, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Agree with all of these lessons. Especially patience!



  151. Stacey Roberson on June 5, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Sometimes I’ll prepare meals ahead of time and freeze them for a week at a time. I like cooking in my slow cooker – let it do the work for me. That way dinner is ready after we’re done running around in the afternoon.



  152. Margaret Smith on June 5, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Yes. We like to make lots of meatballs and freeze them. Great for a number of different meals, like meatball subs, Swedish meatballs, spaghetti and meatballs, etc. We also like to make a turkey or roasting chicken and with the left overs, we make pot pies and freeze them as well.



  153. Kristie on June 5, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Sometimes I prepare meals ahead of time, but not often.



  154. Dan Dykstra on June 5, 2017 at 4:43 am

    My wife will prepare extra soups maybe a extra hot dish ahead of time and freeze them. Most of our meals are prepared daily.



  155. Brenda Robinson on June 5, 2017 at 4:29 am

    I would like to go a national park and let him do a scavenger hunt and put his finds in a radio flyer wagon.



  156. Adrienne Gordon on June 5, 2017 at 4:11 am

    Yes, we bulk prepare slow cooker meals.



  157. Ashley C on June 5, 2017 at 4:09 am

    I try to prepare some meals ahead of time by cooking extras of casseroles and such and then freezing them. It doesn’t take much time, but its nice to have something in the freezer!



  158. Richard Hicks on June 5, 2017 at 12:51 am

    Sometimes we do prepare ahead of time. My only tip is to make sure you have adequate containers to save everything.



  159. Katie Usher on June 4, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    so useful to buy a new wagon