The word ‘travel’ can mean a lot of different things and is a big part of people’s lives, whether it’s travelling to work, travelling to see family and friends, or travelling abroad. Just because you add children to the equation, doesn’t mean that all this should stop.

A big part of why venturing out when we have kid’s stops is because of the unknown and stress we think it will cause when in a foreign place. However, this is all a myth and it is only as scary as you make it! It has actually been found that travelling with young children has many benefits which outweighs anything else, and is rewarding for both parent and child.

These are the top 5 reasons you should be encouraged to travel with your children:

  1. Take them out of their comfort zones

From a young age, it is important to expose children to different places by taking them out of their comfort zone. The earlier you do this; the better and more likely they will be to adapt to change as they grow older. Even though you may think they won’t know the difference from being at home to being in a foreign country, little ones are very aware of their surroundings. By exposing them to different lifestyles and cultures early on rather than keeping them revealed to what they are used to and know will only reap benefits, and you will also be surprised by how much they will actually take in and remember about their adventures when you ask them in a few years’ time.

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  1. Travelling abroad is family friendly

Flying across the world doesn’t have to be a traumatic experience for you as a parent. The same goes with searching for the right place to stay. If you do the right research, you will find that there are in fact many places that cater for families with young children and offer boutique family holidays perfect for the little ones. Holidaymakers understand what you need and want to do the best they can to make you and your families stay as perfect as possible.

  1. Create special memories as early as you can

Whether you’re travelling a few miles away from your house or half way across the world, it’s never too early to start creating memories and photo albums as a family. Ask most families, and they will tell you that their best memories have been from travelling abroad with their loved ones and experiencing things they’ll always remember that stand miles apart from birthday parties and Christmas’.

  1. They will become great travellers

If you travel with your kids from a young age, not only will that have experienced a lot more than some people do in their whole lives, but they’ll also become better travellers and know what is expected from them when abroad. There’ll soon been none of that crying baby on the plane nonsense and wanting to stay up after their bedtime struggle when on holiday. Keep some kind of routine and rules when away so that your children know what you expect from them, but allow them to adapt to new things the better travellers they become. This will only leave them looking forward to the next trip away!

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  1. Educate them from a young age to be appreciative

It’s never a bad idea to expose your children to different cultures from a young age. Depending on where you are visiting and if they are old enough to understand, it is also very rewarding to make them understand how lucky they are to visit all these new places by taking them to see countries and cities that are less fortunate to where you live and what you have. If they learn to appreciate things from a young age it only means an easier life for you! It is also a great idea to allow children to experience the things they enjoy in life. For example, if your daughter loves fairy tales, take her to Disneyland to meet her favourite princesses. Show them that they will always be rewarded and taken to nice places if they deserve it.

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  • 24 April, 2015 - 11:35 am

    Anna - Great post! We first took our son, Ben, abroad when he was just 5 months old. I’m lucky and my boyfriends parents own a house in France, so it is a good start, we also went there last year. This year we’re off out there again, but we go with some of my boyfriends family, so this year we’re off to Menorca just the 3 of us. Really looking forward to it, and hoping it will help Ben come out of his shell a bit and not be so nervous about new things, like he is now.

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  • 25 April, 2015 - 9:08 pm

    Tin Box Traveller - I totally agree that kids who travel from a young age are more adaptable to change. I think they also have more confident. We don’t get abroad that often these days because of the expense but the holidays that we do in the UK have certainly broadened Tin Box Tot’s horizons and made her a very out-going and bubbly two year old :)ReplyCancel

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Dear Harry,

I can’t believe i am writing this update already, more so because i refuse to accept that you will be 2 in less than 3 months……2! I’m not ready to have a 2 year old yet. I know i say it all the time but time really does pass by in the blink of an eye and you have changed beyond words over the last few months.

Sometimes i wish i had a magic clock that could freeze moments in time because i feel like i need to stop and savour them all for just a little while longer. The way your chest rises and falls so beautifully while you sleep, the way you play with your hair and twist it around your fingers when you’re sleepy, the way you turn to your blanket for comfort, the way you gaze in admiration at your big brother or simply just the way you say ‘mummy’ and come up to kiss me for no reason at all. Such little moments, but really they make up the big moments of your life. And mine.

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You’ve had a language explosion recently and coming out with new words every single day. It blows my mind some of the things you come out with now……Riley couldn’t talk at this stage so this is all pretty new to me and it takes some getting used to let me tell you. You are very observant and act like a sponge, constantly observing your surroundings, absorbing information and taking everything in. You don’t miss a trick sweet boy. Mummy has really had to curb her own language because you and Riley are picking up on ‘naughty’ words. It is so lovely to hear you talk though and even more lovely to hear you chatting away with Riley. Sometimes it is complete gobbledy gook but most of the time you say things as clear as day.

With this new found voice has come a sudden surge of confidence and braveness. You’re not shy around strangers or new people anymore and when we’re sat waiting for Riley to come out of preschool you say hello and talk to anyone that will entertain you, be it adults or other children. You have an obsession with babies too, shouting ‘baby’ whenever you see one and going up to stroke their head or play peek a boo. It’s so sweet.

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You are still fiercely independent and such a kind hearted boy but at the same time you have a temper and when it erupts, usually from not getting your own way, boy do you throw a tantrum. That mischievous and cheeky streak you possess is turning in to a bit of a naughty one if i’m honest. Your love of talking has brought with it a love of defiance too and you have started to backchat us, a lot. Whether we ask you to do something or not to do something your answer is always NO and when we’re trying to tell you off for being naughty, you laugh and say that we’re naughty too. Sometimes it’s hard to stay serious with you because you’re so cute and cheeky but we’re really trying hard to instil good manners and good behaviour in you. Right not you resent us for that but i know you’ll thanks us for it in years to come.

As for your relationship with Riley, you guys have a love-hate thing going on. One minute you’re the best of friends and the next worst enemies. You like to wind each other up and play fight, which is fine most of the time but occasionally you both take things too far and the other ends up getting hurt or upset. At the other end of the scale there are moments of such love and tenderness between you both that mummy’s heart literally bursts with pride.

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MILESTONES AND DEVELOPMENTS

  • You can count to 15 and backwards from 5
  • You can recognise and name the following shapes – circle, square, triangle, star
  • You can recognise and name the following animals – cow, dog, duck, pig, bird
  • You can recognise and name the characters from In The Night Garden – Iggle Piggle, Makka Pakka, Upsy Daisy, Ha Hoos, Tombiliboos.
  • You can recognise and name the following TV shows – Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Max & Ruby, Mickey Mouse, Dora, Baby Jake, Thomas The Tank Engine, Little Charley Bear, Mr Tumbles,
  • New words including the ones mentioned above: socks, trousers, boots, shoes, naughty, no, wee wee, poo poo, potty, bed, carrots, sausages, egg, banana, apple, sweetcorn, toast, biscuit, pasta, tractor, train, plane, car, Andy (nanny’s boyfriend), Night Night, dinner, school, doctor, book, teddy, door, gate, garden, delicious, yum yum yum, dancing, phone, buttons (tv remote), ipad, hello, hiya, head, nose, hair, hands, nap naps (nappy), wet, dirty, bubbles, pop, party, balloon, go, stop, please, thank you, hi five.
  • You can string two words and small sentences together – Where’s ?????, Can i talk to daddy?, How about ?????, Can i get out/down? Are you ok?, See you later, See you soon, Open door/gate?, All done, All clean, No more, all wet, not working.
  • You know all the words to and can sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Row Row Row Your Boat and Frere Jaques.
  • You love shape sorting and colour sorting.
  • You enjoy a game of catch, playing with cars and farms, reading books, colouring, painting and building towers with the blocks.
  • You like to help get yourself undressed for bath-time.
  • You have made the switch from bottle to beaker.
  • You no longer have milk in your diet due to allergies and problems with digestion.
  • You are trying new foods but most of the time we are having to think of ingenious ways to disguise fruit and veg in your diet.
  • You are still in nappies. We have just finished potty training Riley so you’ve picked up on a few things like asking to use the potty and saying wee wee, but nothing happens. All in good time though, the thought process is all there.

Darling Harry, despite the naughtiness of late, you are still my little ray of sunshine and wake up happy and smiling every single day without fail. I can’t tell you how happy that makes me because all i want for you is to be happy and fulfil your dreams. You simply love life and it shows. Whether you’re thinking, watching, listening, looking, reading, exploring, singing, dancing, laughing or playing, you do it with a smile on your face. Life is one BIG adventure to you and you make the most of every day.

I am so proud of you. Thank you for being mine,

love from mummy xxx

  • 17 April, 2015 - 4:45 pm

    Lyndsey - Wow your little boy is growing up so quickly and what an amazing style he has.
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  • 19 April, 2015 - 9:00 pm

    Katie @mummydaddyme - He is the most beautiful boy Vikki I can’t believe how quickly he is growing. xReplyCancel

  • 21 April, 2015 - 4:13 pm

    Will - Oh that’s just wonderful.

    That little cloud sleeping bag is so cute, any idea where I can get one of those from? My little one has a similar sheet for his bed and the sleeping bag would look great with it.ReplyCancel

  • 25 April, 2015 - 8:25 pm

    Amy - Diddle Diddle Dumpling - What a cutie! With such a cheeky smile!!

    It sounds like his speech is amazing! David only has a few words and John took a while to get to grips with things like sentences. Go Harry! (Although I feel for you with the backchat – someone please tell me it gets better!).

    It sounds like Harry & Riley have a relationship just like John & David too. Most definitely love hate! Boys, eh?

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Any of my regular readers will know that i have a HUGE passion for kids fashion and i’m always keen to support small, independent brands, so when Daisy from When We Were Little got in touch to see if the boys would be interested in reviewing some clothes from their collection i didn’t hesitate in saying yes.

Daisy shares a similar ethos to me and set up When We Were Little because she is equally passionate about kids being dressed in cool and unique clothing that is made ethically. She is all for supporting small production lines, hand knitters in studios and social enterprises and she prides herself on only working with gorgeous brands that promise quality, design, innovation, craft, care, time and love.whenwewerelittle4

I chose the Grizzly Bear Organic Top in a 3-4 and the Grizzly Bear Organic Shorts in a 2-3. The items arrived beautifully packaged and presented neatly in a reusable tin which gave a great impression of things to come and scored massive brownie points with me;- any brand that makes that much effort with their wrapping clearly puts the same love and care into their products too.

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I wasn’t disappointed.

As all of their products are made to order so the website says to allow up to 7 days for it to arrive and ours was with us well within this time. Both the Grizzly Bear Top and Grizzly Bear Shorts are handmade in London using organic flannel. They feel super soft and have a real premium quality look to them.

The top is secured with a button on the top right shoulder for a really nice fit although the fabric is quite stiff with no stretch or give to it, so it was a little difficult to get his arms in the sleeves at first but they’ve definitely loosened up now.

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The shorts have turned up bottoms and an elasticated wasit which is a really important feature for me as Riley is small for his age and has a tiny waist. We always have a problem finding trousers or shorts to fit him properly and usually have to size down which leaves them too short in the leg. That is not the case in this instance which i’m really pleased about. Riley is 3.5 and though these shorts are a 2-3, they actually fit perfectly thanks to the elasticated waist and still leave him with plenty of room to grow so they are going to last us a long time.

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The use of neutral colours and a simple (but beautiful) bear design really appeals to the minimalist in me. I LOVE the whole scandinavian/nordic approach to design, be it for interiors or fashion and the theme of bears, mountains etc is so prominent right now.

The Grizzly Bear Top has a RRP £35.00 and the Grizzly Bear Shorts have a RRP £38.00 , which may sound a little expensive to some parents but if you want quality clothing for your children, you have to pay for it and i think the price tag is pretty reasonable.

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You can visit www.whenwewerelittle.co.uk , like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter and Instagram @wwewerelittle.

  • 13 April, 2015 - 8:20 pm

    Nicola... Life Through My Eyes - Great review sweetie and wonderful model! xxReplyCancel

  • 14 April, 2015 - 8:47 pm

    Tin Box Traveller - This sounds like a lovely company – it’s great to know where your clothes are coming from and that everyone in the production line is getting a fair deal. I’d definitely considering paying the prices for special outfits and gifts but maybe not every day clothes xReplyCancel

  • 15 April, 2015 - 11:12 pm

    Donna - I absolutely love the print and the packaging is beautiful! Never heard of the brand so off to have a look xReplyCancel

On Thursday the boys, Tia and i were treated by my mum to a day out at The Rare Breeds Centre , a 100 acre farm based in the heart of the Kent countryside. We actually visited last year as well. It’s only a 40-45min drive away and is the perfect location for a family day out with little ones because there is just so much on offer for children to do.

We arrived shortly before the farm opened and began our day in The Granary restaurant. It has a lovely patio area with a huge sandpit and playhouse so Tia and the boys were able to play while mum and i enjoyed a natter over a hot chocolate.

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Once the centre had opened we headed to the Children’s Barn which is one of their most popular attractions. It gives little ones (and adults) the opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of animals including rabbits, hamsters, ducks, chickens, goats, pigs, horses and more. They even do ‘meet the animal’ sessions where you can pet them and talk to their handlers.

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rarebreedscentre4rarebreedscentre10The best thing about the barn during this time of year though is the baby animals and we were really lucky to see some little chicks, piglets and sock lambs that were only a few days old.

rarebreedscentre8rarebreedscentre9Upon leaving the Children’s Barn we stopped at one of the designated areas to wash hands (always recommended when you’ve been handling animals) and then entered Creepy Crawly World. This place is home to spiders, beetles, snakes, lizards and other reptiles and it sure gave me the ‘creeps’. Some of the insects and reptiles can actually be handled but unsurprisingly, mummy and nanny weren’t down for that.

rare breeds centreWhen the kids had finished eyeing up the creepy crawlies we took a stroll around the areas containing larger animals. Harry has recently learnt to say ‘moo’ so he was super excited to see the cows. Riley on the other hand was more interested in the pigs and Tia just wanted to stroke the horses.

rarebreedscentre15rarebreeds16rarebreedscentre12After that we headed to the play parks so Tia and the boys could burn some energy and have fun. The Rare Breeds Centre has two; ‘Sammy’s Playpen’ which is located next to the catering cabin and contains lots of climbing frames, slides and swings. it also provides a picnic area, toilet and washing facilities. A short walk away is the second play park where there is an aerial slide, giant tube maze, a wooden hill fort and assault course.

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The centre also hosts a number of other attractions including trailer rides, butterfly tunnel, discovery garden, aviary, pig racing, birds of prey display and woodland walks but after spending a fair amount of time in the play parks the kids were tired and hungry so we stopped by The Granary Restaurant for a late lunch and then headed home.

We had such a wonderful day out at The Rare Breeds Centre though and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. Thank you mummy/nanny for treating us all!

Linking this post up with Fiona for Country Kids and Katie for The Ordinary Moments

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  • 11 April, 2015 - 8:57 pm

    Kerry - Aw looks so fun, we love days out like this! xxReplyCancel

    • 12 April, 2015 - 10:52 pm

      Vikki Holness - It really is a great place for a family day out, so much for kids to do! xxReplyCancel

  • 11 April, 2015 - 10:19 pm

    Donna - That looks like such a great place to visit with so much to do. We tend to drive 1-2 hours for a good day out and like to find new places – will put this on the list of places to go! xReplyCancel

    • 12 April, 2015 - 10:54 pm

      Vikki Holness - Well i would highly recommend it if you were thinking of visiting. LP and Little Man would have a whale of a time. They have face painting, crafts and an indoor soft play centre too! xxxReplyCancel

  • 12 April, 2015 - 1:05 am

    Merlinda Little ( @pixiedusk) - Wow the place looks massive and you are right that there are many activities that kids and adults can do! Looks like a fun day! #cointrykidsReplyCancel

    • 12 April, 2015 - 10:55 pm

      Vikki Holness - It really is a big place, you could get lost lol. Great for an action-packed fun-filled day! xxxReplyCancel

  • 12 April, 2015 - 7:52 am

    You Baby Me Mummy - That looks like such a great place for a day out. Wish we were closer xxxxReplyCancel

    • 12 April, 2015 - 10:56 pm

      Vikki Holness - It is an amazing place and i’m so lucky we have it on our doorstop. The boys are total country boys at heart so it’s perfect for them! xxxReplyCancel

  • 13 April, 2015 - 10:29 pm

    Katie @mummydaddyme - Ah Vikki it looks like a great day out- the place looks amazing. My girls would love it. Wish we were closer so we could all meet up there. xReplyCancel