In June of 2012, we took six weeks to unplug, disengage and travel with our middle school children. On a road trip. In a 19’ travel trailer. While were were traveling, and since we’ve returned, the number of questions we’ve gotten about our road trip has been astounding.
“How did we stay sane?” is a big one.
“Would we have done anything differently?” Oh yes…
But probably the biggest question we get, by far, comes when we are out in public with our kids and one of them pulls out their wallet to pay for something society tells us a parent should pay for… “Did he just pay for that? With his own money?”
This has happened to us in gas stations (the kid was buying snacks, not gas), when we’ve signed up for activities at school, or when we’ve been in line to buy t-shirts and other souvenirs. And when we explain that our kids nearly always pay for their own expenses out of a budget they’ve been on since age 7, the questions continue. So we’ve decided to answer a lot of those questions here.
This is absolutely still a site about family road trips and traveling with teenagers, but we’ve realized it can be more. If you click on the Money category in our overhead menu, you’ll learn about this less familiar aspect of our lives – that of teaching money management to our kids.