Making an Agenda

Making an Agenda

As soon as you have decided to do your trip, take your child out of school for one day and practice home-schooling. Our first lesson was about making an agenda. Some of the ideas I chose to try out were from my son’s teachers and luxury travel experts who helped me understand the need for such preparations before single parent travel or just any other form of family travel.
Believe it or not, this took hours – in fact, a good part of the day. We made a game and Teddy was Mum (he was just turned 6 years old), and came up with a list of all the things each person had to do in the morning.

©Exploramum and Explorason – making an agenda

When making an agenda, the child has to write this. We added a column for a picture, and then a clock with the time it had to be done. This also helped us to stop morning arguments, and we were early for school after this for the ½ hour!

A treat incentive is given if we are out of the house on time: 4 mornings out of 5. This also started the training for him to have tasks, like making lunch and packing bags in the morning. We then repeated this a few weeks after for an evening agenda.

©Exploramum and Explorason – agenda 2

 After a few months of adapting to this, then maybe one weekend you can have the child make a morning and evening travel agenda with pictures (leave off the times). Laminate it.

As a single parent, you will have enough to do: organizing food, meals, travel & accommodation, emailing and blogging, getting a vehicle ready if you need one along the way etc.

We also added clocks as part of learning to tell the time to our training.

©Exploramum and Explorason – time

Your child, at an early age, can fill water bottles, charge phones, games, and even pack lunch in the morning.  All from making an agenda.

Remember – the more you train your child before you go, the easier it will be to have help (without arguments) when you start traveling.

I am very proud of the positive attitude and willingness of my son, especially as he started when he was only six years old to really work as a team towards our goal!

Questions and comments

  • How do you prepare your child for an upcoming trip?
  • What other activities would you include in your agenda?
  • Please share your comments below.

 

©Exploramum and Explorason – helping

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