I don't think the Eyres are suggesting big, expensive trips. I think they are
just saying that if you do have a modest budget for a family vacation, at least
look into some of the less expensive service trips (Some to Mexico or even to
inner city projects very close to home do not cost that much).If, as pat
says, you have little budget and mainly go tent camping, I think the Eyres are
suggesting that a local soup kitchen or homeless shelter offers the same kind of
perspective gaining experience for kids. I don't think they are suggesting that
this type of experience is limited to families who have lots of money!
I believe that the Eyres are great parents. However, I continue to be amazed
that the examples in articles like this show solutions that would not work for
many readers of this paper who can only afford to take their children camping
(in a tent) if they actually get vacation time. What about families in a lower
socio economic situation than the Eyres? You are assuming that everyone can
take their families to Disneyland. You mentioned that people could do other
things. But examples are what is needed of what these other things are.
Otherwise, these examples may look to someto be self-serving. (This is the proof
that we are good people).I respect what you do with your family, and
am not jealous of your ability to do what you do. It is just out of reach for
most of your readers, so not very relevant to us.
I wonder if sending that much money to a project rather than going yourself
might be better?Does service or denying yourself make someone
grateful? I think these experiences might make someone feel that
they got the more blessed life.
I know another family that has done this for years. Their reflections of those
experiences have been nothings short of amazing. If you can afford it, do it.
If it is beyond your means, find another way - we send way too many spoiled
brats out into the world without a great understanding of how most of the world
I appreciate those of you that cannot afford the costs of the many trips
mentioned in this article. However if I were younger and the parents of children
today, I would treat them just like you were treated as a youth, and how your
parents were treated. That information should be readily available and I believe
very helpful in most cases as to how kids need the be raised and treated. Same
ole same ole-whats good for the goose is good for the gander!
Has there ever been a generation that doesn't think the younger generation is a
bunch of spoiled, unthankful whelps? I swear, my dad said it about my
generation, not until after his dad said it about his, and his dad before him
said the same thing. Now I find myself thinking the same thing about my kids'
generation. Maybe this is more of a psychological problem with
people who reach a certain age than an actual problem.
2K per person!? Yikes. That's way out of my budget for my five kids and
myself--at least for the next few years... I would prefer more
intelligent discussion of what can be done in this community to strip the whole
spoiled thing out of them. It just doesn't seem like a very practical
suggestion--though I'm sure the experience is amazing. Further I
worry about security of travel--right now the US government's issued travel
advisories to Mexico, due to the high rate of kidnapping and drug-related
I'm sorry, I looked into this and the costs that I saw for going started at
$1995 per person. So, a family of 4 with plane tickets would be atleast 10K -
12K. Anyone who spends 10K on Christmas or thinks this is reasonable must live
in a bubble. I consider myself to have a slightly above average income for UT
and there is no way we could spend 10K on Christmas or would want to for that
What a great idea. Another great article on parenting. Thank you!
As one who has looked into this type of expedition, I can confirm that they are
sometimes cheaper than the typical "disneyland" type of family trip.
But I'm glad the Eyres mentioned that you don't have to go on a trip at all to
give the kind of service that gets kids out of their bubble. Almost every town
has a shelter or homeless place of some kind, and they are always welcoming of
volunteers. It's a help to those who are down and out, but its also a huge help
to the perspective and gratitude of kids who get involved!