It’s very common for Filipinos to visit their parents’ provinces especially during holidays and school breaks.
I have countless memories of my childhood vacations at my grandparents’ place in Laguna. There was this time when my cousins and I just walked to the tree covered hills, found a rushing river where kids were swimming and moms were washing clothes nearby. It was such a happy moment for us. As if we’ve discovered an oasis in the middle of a desert. A true treasure in the middle of the forest. You don’t experince that in the city. The city gives lessons to kids, but that’s for a different post. =) So, how can these visits help our kids or us?
What benefits can these visits do?
1. Reunions and Relationships.
Visits like these help bond a toddler’s relationship with grand or great grandparents as well as cousins and other ‘far away’ relatives. 🙂 haha remember those introductions? Ito yung malayo mong kamag-anak, or pangalawang pinsan, etc.
Visits are not only for the kids, but for adults as well. This is a great way to resolve conflicts, or let them melt once grandmas and grandpas hug the kids and parents. Let happiness be felt in every visit. Forgive any misunderstanding and don’t let the hurts and conflicts be passed onto the kids or the next generation.
2. Lessons & Learnings
Most provinces in the Philippines hold very historical treasures in them. Don’t let the visits pass, without them knowing some great information about their provinces.
Ex. In Nagcarlan, Laguna is an underground cemetery….
in Kawit, Cavite you can review about the revolution. You can ask your kid what he or she can remember from history lessons about Bulacan and other historical places.
Kids remember well through this. Let it be like a field trip for them.
Visiting provinces can be a great way for kids to learn about food. =) There are local cuisines that are cooked differently in the place where they became famous. =)
Warning: Don’t pressure them in remembering the information. Do everything in a fun and adventurous way.
3. Experiences and Environment Awareness
Visiting provinces is a perfect way to let our kids experience something new. They can swim in the sea, go up the hill, try different dishes, learn a new dialect, and many more.
Recently, I’ve had a post about climbing the Tayak, hill in Laguna. It was a great experience for us. More than the climb, there was a point where the movies they’ve seen can be integrated to their actual experiences. Like the movie Lorax speaks of how to take care of trees. This is a great way to remind kids of how to take care of their surroundings.
Maybe you are very hesitant to bring your kids to your provinces for some personal reasons. Whatever those reasons are, just remember the great experiences you’ve had as a child. I’m sure you’d love your child to create wonderful and happy memories in those places, too. =)