Written January 19, 2023
Traveling is difficult. I think this is mostly due to constant change. My brain never has time to adjust because I’m on to the next thing. This tumultuous environment is excellent for learning and growth; however, it can be absolutely exhausting!
The solution? Patterns.
A pattern is a sequence that repeats. Having patterns will enable you and your family to stay sane in the mental traffic jam of travel. Actually, patterns show everyone what to expect and what is expected of them, making them useful not only abroad but also at home.
So what does a pattern actually look like?
Thanks for asking. An example of a pattern is always putting on pajamas and brushing your teeth each night. Maybe after that, even if it is quite late, you read a book together. Another example is when you wake up in the morning. Everyone gets dressed, makes their beds, eats breakfast, and (hopefully!) brushes their hair. Perhaps after that, you might do school.
Most patterns happen when you wake up and when you go to sleep, but that is not always the case. If you have younger kids, they may take a nap during the day. Also, having a planned sequence for the studies for the day is helpful. Though surprises can be fun occasionally, traveling for long periods of time means you should probably let your companions know the plan. That way they can be prepared.