Extended Family Visit
If you have family living in another country, why not take advantage of this learning opportunity by planning an extended family visit? It's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day job of running your family, but when was the last time you actually spent real time with your family? An extended family visit can get you back in touch with each other.
Beyond the books
For our family, though, some of the most important learning is happening in subjects that can't really be tested. Our kids are learning that for us, family is a priority. It's important enough for us to uproot our lives, spend a fortune on airfare, and come here. It's important enough to miss out on whatever's happening at home while we're away, to sacrifice the comforts of our own home, to take ourselves away from the familiar and immerse ourselves in family.We're heading to a wedding tonight, and it will be unlike anything my children have ever seen. There will likely be 400 people present. No one will stop eating or talking, even when the bride and groom take their vows. The dancing will be continous. The food will be copious. The experience will be unforgettable, and isn't that what learning is all about?
Can it work for you?
My husband and I are lucky. We both work from home, so we could take our work with us and get away for five weeks. Not everyone has that option. But can you find other ways to make an extended family visit happen? Can you take a leave of absence or store up vacation time to get away for slightly longer than normal? Get creative. Instead of deciding that you can't possibly take such a trip, decide that you are -- and then figure out how you can.Let us hear from you! Have you ever made an extended family visit? Would you? Why or why not?