This was one of our funny but yet lesson thought to our kids moment in Cape Town.
We did what we always do 3 times a week. by catching the train to go get adjusted by our favorite chiropractor and an awesome family friend.
So when we arrived in Cape Town one of the first things we did was have the kids memorize our phone numbers ( Now that must be the rule for your family if thinking of travelling with kids). So I would say about 1 month in Cape Town our kids know both my number and my husbands.
So on the Train we journey on to Claremont. On our way back while at the train station to get on and head back home. My husband and my oldest decided to go and grab a bottle of water.
So I was with the younger 3 kids waiting on them to return and also get on the train. A few minutes after they left the train arrives so I asked my kids to enter the train while I stand out to make sure that my husband and daughter gets on the train, little did I know that the train only stays at the station for about 30 seconds. As I was standing there the doors of the train closes and I was horrified. With the security people all in shock with me, wondering how my young kids are on the train by themselves and am standing here.
I went into a panic mode until Marcus (my husband) and daughter showed up and with all the panic from the people standing by, Marcus said ” honey don’t worry this is all part of the training” I could not comprehend what he was saying but after careful thought I realized its true that’s why we are travelling to teach our kids to be in the moment and carefully critically think of their surroundings when they are placed our of their comfort zone ( this meaning their parents wings).
So now I am calm and there we sit waiting on the next train. Marcus phone rings and it was my 12yrs old on the train, she has asked someone to lend her their phone so she can call her parents and let us know that they are ok on the train. So there, I was aware that we are on the right track to creating independent kids.
We asked her to go on and sit on the train all the way to the last top which is town. 5 minutes later our train came and we left to go and meet them.
When we got to the station they where sitting there with a lady who decided to stay with them until we arrive. We appreciate that.
The lesson behind this is place your kids in environment that teaches them to be calm and think.
Train ride all the way….