Traveling with Parents

Naomi Rosen

Naomi Rosen, Staff Writer

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December break is almost here!

This is the time when BMSers are out of the classroom and in vacation mode. Yes the trips are fantastic, but to be honest there is a slight downside. Parents. We all love them, but sometimes they can be a bit much for we middle schoolers looking for our own relaxation.
Here are three parent troubles to look out for and perhaps a suggestion or two on how to deal.

The Overprotective Parent
When traveling, parents always find something safetywise to remind you about; whether it’s fastening your seatbelt, slathering you in sunscreen, or holding your hand when you cross the street. If those don’t sound like your parents, there is more: swimming in waves an inch too tall or walking close to the edge of a path. Parents are always making sure you’re safe and sound. You may feel like they are treating you like a little kid, but they always have your best interest at heart.
Keep in mind that if you happen to get hurt, medical care is not as strong in some countries outside of the United States, and your parents might not want to take that risk. Also, in places closer to the equator, the sun is stronger which makes it extremely important to wear sun sunscreen. So on this one, our advice is to do as they say, because they’re just making sure that you stay safe.

The Shutterbug
Standing in front of statues. Click. Staring at paintings. Click. Wading into water. Click. Every moment of every vacation day they love to capture us on camera. It may be a selfie, portrait, or landscape. Parents love to take pictures while traveling for scrapbooks, but the cloud works too.
Almost every parent has gone through this phase, but not all will admit it. Climbing up a flight of stairs? Click. Walking through a hallway? Click. In case you forget a single moment of your trip, no need to fear. It’s somewhere buried among your parents thousands of photos. We recommend to just pose for the photo. It will be over with faster and you can get back to the sites.

The Communication Blackout Parent
To get the full cultural experience, your parents may ask you to go unplugged. No Snapchat. No Instagram. No Facebook. No phone. Many kids complain about this tactic, but parents may be onto something.

In some parts of the world, people are still off the grid. You may think that it is enough to just know this, but it’s completely different to experience it. You may hate your parents for it, but they are just trying to help you connect to the real world. Our advice is to just hand over your phone. Who knows, you just might learn something.

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9 Responses to “Traveling with Parents”

  1. Cecily Anderson on February 14th, 2018 10:03 am

    I see the balance here between freedom and being tethered to your folks. Its always refreshing to hear a child’s point of view of parenting “click”. I’m going to remember that one!

  2. Everett Stickley on February 14th, 2018 1:28 pm

    Don’t forget the parent who makes you read over vacation. HELLO! IT’S CALLED “VACATION” FOR A REASON!!!

  3. Logan Goodman on February 15th, 2018 10:15 am

    I agree that you do want to have fun and relax without worrying about anything. Your parents are always trying to help you be the best you can be, but sometimes you can feel they can cross the line. Your parents do so much for you and they always are just trying to help.

  4. Annabelle on February 15th, 2018 10:57 am

    Great job Naiomi! I think that you did a great job of including many different types of stituations.

  5. Rodrigo Watanabe on February 15th, 2018 12:01 pm

    I agree with all of the choices you made to “label” certain types of parents. They all can be like that, (In fact, I have a overprotective parent. But to me, I know they are like that just to help us in anyway they can. Otherwise, nice article!

  6. Madeleine on February 15th, 2018 12:23 pm

    I thought it was a pretty decent aritcal,but I don’t want to be mean or anything, but is it really nessisary to write about? I know we all sometimes don’t want to listen to our parents, but in the end we all give in…. so what is the point in this artical? but good anyway Ursus!

  7. Lailah Abbed on March 6th, 2018 8:34 am

    I like how you gave multiple kinds of parents. It really relates to a lot of kids because you gave so many examples. Good job!

  8. Alix Rawald on March 6th, 2018 10:46 am

    I think that this is very true, but maybe you would have included more of a parents point of view.

  9. Alix Rawald on March 6th, 2018 11:02 am

    Also, what inspired you to write this article, as the upcoming vacation starts? Would it be to confront parents?I really like the different types of parents you labeled.

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