“Cliff, do you want to cut the cord?” asked our doctor. I didn’t hear her as I focused on our small, slimy baby that had just been born. I was mesmerized, relieved, and exhausted as I watched our first daughter finally come into this world.
“Do you want to cut the cord?” she asked again, handing me the long silver scissors.
“Sure,” I replied. I put my camera down and took hold of the scissors. “Where do I cut?”
She held the umbilical cord and I proceeded to cut the cord she held between her hands.
“Wow, that was tough.” I replied back at the doctor and my exhausted wife. And with that, our family’s story had begun.
As parents, our first task once our babies are born is to literally “cut the cord”. From the first minute of a child’s life, we are given the responsibility of raising a child to become an independent human being who can live on his/her own in the world. When kids are young, it’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of changing diapers, feedings, play dates, bath times, bed times, etc, but it’s important to not lose sight of how we, as parents, can be most effective in fostering the discovery of sense of purpose in life for our kids. From our experience, global family travel is the best way to help kids discover their identities and their places in the world.
We travel with our kids to learn about the world we live in, but more importantly we travel to grow together as a family. By sharing our kids’ experiences of the new sights, sounds, people, places, foods, and cultures in various countries, our own journey of self-discovery and purpose is also enhanced. And with these shared travel experiences, we’ve developed a deeper gratitude of knowing where we’re from and how fortunate we are, as well as a better sense of what it means to be at “home.”
We live family travel because life is not a destination, but a journey that is meant to be experienced with the people who mean the most to you.