Monday, July 04, 2016

Homesickness

There isn't a day that passes that one of my children doesn't whine about "missing home."  Remick misses other people to play with and visit. Makili misses his space and down time. It is interesting how much they crave the routine and rhythm of home. It has made me think about that. How do we encourage children to be adventurous and embrace change, especially when home will be there again soon enough.  Is that something we want children to be able to do?  Will they learn from this experience that life waits for them at home while they are growing and expanding?  That is what I learned 20+ years ago when I was an exchange student for a summer.  I hope when we are home they will have positive memories from this adventure that will give them the courage to take future adventures. 

4 comments:

Sandi MacDougall said...

They may prefer going places in their heads . . . as long as their going places, does it matter? Just a thought . . .

hippiepotomus said...

It is just so interesting Sandi. I don't remember those feelings on our family adventures as a kid and I really didn't expect it.

Sandi MacDougall said...

My son was always homesick when he went to a camp for a week away from the family, but then when he got home he was homesick for camp. My original comment was a little "tongue in cheek", I am a child of the 60's after all . . .

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