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Transitions on the road

We've been away now for about six weeks. In that time Ian has started to walk, got his first tooth and has gone from eating mush to real food. The kids have had continuously changing schedules and met a lot of new people. They've met four aunts and uncles, six cousins, five great-aunts, three great-uncles, two great-grandmothers, and many second and third cousins. We've had early bedtimes, late bedtimes, naps, no naps. We've had grumps and happy times.

At times on the trip I've wondered if the effort is worthwhile, but the magic of seeing children growing and experiencing new situations, making new friends, and getting to know their family is priceless and has certainly been worth all the constant packing and re-packing. We've also been able to introduce the children to the rich flora and fauna of New Zealand. Today we visited Pukaha Mt Bruce, a wildlife sanctuary, and we've seen a kiwi, kokako, kakariki, koreru, takahe and the feeding of long-fin eels and a flock of kaka. All the birds and the eels are endangered to some level, and most are not usually seen, so it's been a special day.

We've been lining up the last few things we want to do before going home next week. We listed the things we want to do and slotted each thing into an appropriate time slot in the week, just as you would do setting up your schedule normally. Tomorrow morning we're up early to see the lambs being shorn. The schedule might have very different contents, but the principles are the same - identify your goals, decide on their priorities and time frames, then slot each activity into appropriate times.

Our last big transition will be returning to "normal" life.  More on that next week.

posted on: 1/10/2008 1:00:00 PM by Katherine Macey
category: Travel

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Traveling With Kids

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Katherine Macey, Ph.D., is a professional organizer who is passionate about helping people improve their lives and achieve their goals. She works mainly with academics in their offices and with residential clients in their home offices.

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