The world of marketing overwhelms us with gift items destined for the world of childhood: in this way we soon find the submerged house of toys, of which – almost as quickly – the child will get tired, to move on to something else.
In reality, if playing is fundamental to the growth of a child, most of the objects available to him are, however, superfluous; what really counts for its cognitive and relational development is the possibility of having direct experiences of the surrounding world.
That is why, instead of throwing so much money into buying a mountain of toys, it would be better to invest them on a trip with the family.
The journey allows us to get to know new places and people, thus changing our daily horizon, and our habits in general: we will not have the same schedules, we will not do the same things, we will not sleep in our own bed and we will not meet the same people – apart from their family members – means. This is a huge benefit for children, who, learning to adapt to change, develop their resilience.
Moreover, while the enthusiasm for a new game lasts relatively little, on a journey the interest remains alive from beginning to end, with ups and downs, of course, but with the prospect of unexpected novelties around the corner – be it a different location to visit or an unknown dish to try.
They are the new experiences that shape and characterize a person, since they will become part of our cultural baggage forever – unlike what happens instead with objects, which do not contribute to our identity.
It must also be emphasized that a shared experience such as family travel contributes to strengthening family ties, widening the common basin of memories and life stories.
Finally, traveling makes everyone happier – young and old – so it’s really a great idea for your children’s next gift.