Prepping Your Kids for a Trip to Mexico

Culture shock can be something of a shocker. When you are traveling with your kids, it is important to buffer this shock as much as possible, because if they are comfortable, you will be too. While in many ways kids are more resilient than adults, they too can experience culture shock while traveling, especially when traveling to a foreign country, where they don’t speak the language.

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In Mexico City

Any major trip you are taking with your kids requires preparation. Help them get the most from their trip to Mexico by preparing them for what they will encounter there.

Learn the Language

When planning a trip to Mexico, expose your children to the Spanish language in preparation for their adventure. A traveler’s vocabulary and some key sentences will help your children greatly as they travel. You can find some very helpful websites online, such as 123teachme.com which helps you and your kids learn basic Spanish. You will see the benefits of an online Spanish tutor quickly as Spanish is one of the easiest languages to learn.

Read Books About Mexico

Before you leave on your trip, get a variety of books to read about Mexico. These will teach you about the customs, geography, history and culture of the area you will visit. Your children will be much more excited about their trip if they have an idea of what to expect. As you read, they will form opinions about what they want to see first and what they are looking forward to most.

Some excellent books to read together include:

  • Mexico City: Picture Book from the Planet Collection (Kindle edition)
  • Hispanic Books: Mexico for Kids (Kindle edition)
  • Look What Came from Mexico
  • Mexico – New True Books: Geography
  • Off We Go to Mexico
  • Mexico A to Z

Taste the Food

A big part of culture shock for many kids is the difference in food. Especially if you have a picky eater, this may be the hardest part of the trip. Acclimate your child to the different types of food to expect by teaching him or her about Mexican cuisine. Frequent the ethnic section of your grocery store and stock up on ingredients to make Mexican recipes you can easily find online. Eat out at local Mexican restaurants and order in Spanish, encouraging your kids to do the same.

mexican food with kids

VERY excited to try some of the basics- but IN Mexico

Encourage Research

Go online and show your kids exactly where you will be staying. Use Google Maps to give kids the bigger view of where they are going and how far it is from home. Let your children do their own online research, so they can discover what is different and exciting about the area they will be visiting. Let them plan out at least one of the activities you will do while there.

Above all, be positive and show your kids that you are excited too. Your enthusiasm will be catchy and they will look forward to all the adventures awaiting them on their trip to Mexico.

Comments

  1. I, too, love to prep the fam before going on a trip! Your son is so darn cute!!

  2. Maryann D. says:

    These are definitely good tips and the photos are wonderful. It would certainly help to learn how to speak a bit of the language, I do agree.

  3. Look like you all had a great time. I haven’t been to Mexico so, would love to go one day.

  4. cgould4178 says:

    Thanks for the great trips. We haven’t been to Mexico, but you never know. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love that you talked about culture shock. I remember that when I studied abroad in Mexico, despite growing up in the Southwest and raised on TexMex, there was still a bit of a transition. It’s overwhelming when you are just completely engulfed in something foreign. One other tip I would give is to make certain you take breaks and find things that are “familiar.” It was the moments when I spoke English with my friends from the US that helped ground me when I felt lost at sea. I can say, from experience, these are very excellent tips! 🙂

  6. These are really rocking suggestions. Learning about the climate, culture and food of a foreign land before actually visiting are definitely important for the kids. Tasting the food is great and talking to natives is a plus! If you take the children to eat authentic mexican food, mention to the restaurant owner your travel plans – often times that will get you great conversation and tips!

    Elizabeth T, Early Rise

  7. Great suggestions! Love the idea of introducing them to the food before you get there! That will make the trip so much smoother!

  8. grendel says:

    he looks happy. the food looks good. i want to take my kids to mexico soon.

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