THIS MONTH, WE ASK

Young Parents (Singapore) - - News -

Should we take our ac­tive tod­dler along for our next va­ca­tion? She won't re­mem­ber any­thing, af­ter all. It's true. Most kids don't re­mem­ber any hol­i­days that they had when they were be­low three, no mat­ter how much their par­ents splurge or how much time and ef­fort they have put in the plan­ning. Yet ev­ery trip still has an im­pact on your lit­tle one. Ev­ery new ex­pe­ri­ence af­fects her devel­op­ment in some way, for ex­am­ple, trav­el­ling to the des­ti­na­tion by car, ferry, train or plane; stay­ing in an un­fa­mil­iar room; see­ing dif­fer­ent sights and hear­ing new sounds. Your young child learns so much from this var­ied stim­u­la­tion. Bear in mind, how­ever, that your tod­dler doesn't care if she goes to a far­away des­ti­na­tion or to a re­sort in the re­gion - she just en­joys hav­ing you around her all the time. So think care­fully about the type of hol­i­day you plan. As far as she is con­cerned, she'd rather you spend your money on fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties than on long flights and ex­pen­sive ho­tels.

Dr Richard C. Woolf­son

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