Hindsight is a Powerful Tool While Parenting

Hindsight is a Powerful Tool While Parenting
Hindsight is a Powerful Tool While Parenting

The greatest gift I’ve learned with age (I’m 43) is that the time I spent traveling as a teen has impacted how I parent my kids. At this age, I reflect on my time traveling with new perspectives and grace. 

Before having kids or meeting my husband, I was lucky enough to travel through Japan, Peru, and Europe. In those adventures, I discovered the following to be accurate, a bar-is a bar-is a bar, also everywhere you go, there you are

The most significant experience I had traveling was the time I spent living in London and working as a nanny for an upper-class British family. The story I wrote about that experience was published hereIt was in London where I discovered that farm work (what my parents did for a living) was vital to local economies and essential to feeding entire global populations. It was a big lesson to learn at only 19.

Now that my kids are older, I imagine we’ll take big trips together. I will encourage them to travel on their own, as I did. Mostly, I’m committing to helping them realize the power of adventure.

Did you get a chance to travel before you had kids? If so, will that experience shape how you encourage your children today?

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Olga Rosales Salinas is Managing Editor for San Francisco Bay Area Moms. As a freelance writer and journalist, her articles have been published nationally by palabra, National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Other bylines have appeared in Voices of Monterey Bay, Jumble & Flow and various others. Her debut collection of poetry and prose, La Llorona, was published by Birch Bench Press in August of 2021. In 2019 her philanthropy began with a non-profit benefiting first-generation and immigrant students, The Rosales Sisters' Scholarship. She has had spotlights in the following podcasts and radio stations; THINK/NPR with Krys Boyd, Los Sotelos Podcast, The Hive Poetry Collective @ksqd.org, Walk the Talk Podcast, "Making a Difference with Sheetal Ohri" on Bolly 92.3 FM, and Roll Over Easy @BFFdotFM Radio.


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