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  • Celebrity Moms Share the Positive Effects of Family Trips on Their Kids

    Traveling with the family has lasting positive effects on a child's well-being.
    by Lei Dimarucut-Sison .
Celebrity Moms Share the Positive Effects of Family Trips on Their Kids
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  • We'll say it again: there is more to traveling than just discovering new places and trying out new experiences. Numerous studies have shown that going on trips with the family is a worthwhile investment because of its lasting effect on kids' emotional and mental health. But how do family trips benefit children exactly?

    SmartParenting.com.ph caught up with several celebrity moms at the launch of Tang's newest campaign #RealMomsGetItDone, and they shared how family vacations have affected their kids positively.  

    1. Traveling develops kids' personality.

    Nicole Hernandez delos Angeles recalls a trip she took with her younger son Luis, 5 years old, last year.

    "I was going to visit my sister in the States and bring with me just one of my kids. I brought the younger one, while my husband and our firstborn, Alonzo, went with my in-laws to Japan. To this day, Alonzo still talks about it. 'I remember Japan. I like this food! Ooh! Katsudon!' 

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    "My second child Luis, he’s actually a chatterbox but not to other people. When we were in the States, I saw him come out of his shell. I was surprised. Even with the Uber driver, he would say, 'Hey what’s your name? Where are you from? How old are you? Where are you going?' Before that trip, he would never initiate conversations with strangers like that.

    "When we came back, even his teacher told me on the first day of his return, 'Mrs. De los Angeles, he’s really very, very chatty right now.' I think the trip really made an impact on him."

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    2. Traveling may turn your kids into better advocates of our planet.

    Radio jock Delamar Arias and her husband Tyler Ashby take frequent trips abroad with their kids Cooper, Parker, and Harper, but their recent trip to Australia was one of the most memorable so far.

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    "We went to Brisbane a couple of weeks ago, and we brought the kids to the Steve Irwin Zoo. My kids love animals. And because they’re traveling and seeing other animals, it’s another way for them to learn," she says. 

    Cooper, her firstborn, told her he wants to live in Australia "because the animals are just close by. Wild birds are flying around. [There are] so many trees, so cool." Her daughter Harper is only 2, but Delamar could already see that she loves animals. "I think she thinks they’re stuffed toys," she laughs.

    Delamar hopes that this affinity will make her kids better citizens of this planet. "Hopefully, their love for animals will extend to the environment that houses these animals."

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    3. Traveling helps kids absorb information better because they learn through experience.

    Delamar also notes that her kids are so open to receiving a vast amount of information when they're traveling with them. "Their minds are so stimulated. And it’s nice because they’re getting smarter even if you don’t have to sit and lecture them. They’re immediately getting smarter by just traveling.

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    "It also widens their vocabularies. They learn words used in travel, like 'airport,' or 'means of transportation.'" 

    4. Traveling helps kids appreciate nature and the divine.

    Fashion stylist Bianca Santiago agrees that trips with the family become a reservoir of happy memories. Now that their mom is gone, she and her siblings still look back to memories of trips they took with her in their childhood, and she believes these give them "more push to deal with life."

    Now that she is a mom herself, Bianca is amazed at the impact their recent trips have made on her kids.  

    "Recently, we went to El Nido. We were kayaking, and out of nowhere, my daughter says, “Mom, this is really nice. The Lord really creates beautiful things.” She says she didn't expect that from her 6-year-old.

    "Here I was stressing over the kayak because my husband and I had no skills whatsoever. Little did we know that our daughter was taking all of it in. She just said that out of nowhere. The kids kept saying, thank you for taking us to this trip. And we did not have a yaya with us."

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    5. Traveling is an experience that keeps on giving. 

    Bettina Carlos, a single mom to 8-year-old Gummy, says she makes it a point to go on a trip with her daughter every year.

    "I think it’s the undivided attention that the child receives from you that really makes an impact in building that relationship. When you’re at home, your phone is with you, then your mind nasa work, hati ka talaga. But when you make a plan to have a trip, then you’re very intentional, that this is about us, and about you. We’re going to build memories together.

    “Gummy is now 8, but she remembers trips [we took] when she was 3 or 4. She goes, 'Remember mommy, we went on this beach, and your lips were blue because it was so cold?' She would have those snippets, and that's how I know that all the gastos were sulit.”

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    "Last Christmas, we went to the States. Talagang pinapangarap niya etong trip to see snow. When we got there, there was no forecast for snow. I said, 'Anak, don’t lose hope, just pray.' Then one day, nagka-snow showers. And I woke her up, naka-pajama pa siya, we went out. She wanted to know how snow tastes like and feels like. So those memories I know she would cherish, and I treasure in my heart."

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