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Travelers with kids...


Hi all,

I have constant questions. I hope I'm not posting too much. Anyway, I'm traveling with my husband and 6 year old daughter. My daughter has overall adjusted well and has started homeschool but I'm having issues finding friends for her. I don't really know how to get her involved with extra curricular activities being that we will be moving every few months. It seems kind of pointless. I have thought about dance, gymnastics, Girl Scouts, etc....but how when we aren't staying here? I take her to the library and she went to summer camp at the children's museum, but no lasting friendships came out of it... I just feel guilty at this point...like I uprooted her life. She's usually a social butterfly. I think part of it is where we are living...DEEP south TX. There are not any moms groups here and no other travelers at my facility. The staff nurses don't have kids her age. We met a couple downstairs in our apartment but they have boys and at this stage in her life she relates better to girls. I guess I am just looking for suggestions and maybe some support that what I'm doing is okay and isn't going to ruin her.

I like the idea of Girl Scouts that was my favourite part of being a kid and there is usually troops all over the place so when you leave she can go to a new one


Specializes in Flight nurse, flight medic, ER, ICU, NP school now. Has 20 years experience.

I travel full time with wife/three year old son. He's not at the point yet where he really interacts a whole lot with other kids yet. But I have the same concerns. We plan to travel until he's about six, then move home. Sorry, I have nothing to add, other than I'm looking for the same answers when the time comes.

It's good to know there are people in my same boat at least. It would be easier if there were mom playgroups here but there aren't.


Specializes in Flight nurse, flight medic, ER, ICU, NP school now. Has 20 years experience.

I've met plenty of nurses at work with young kids and we've had "play dates" at almost every assignment I've been on.

The hospital I am at is small (like 4 total nurses for night shift small, not including me) and there isn't anyone who has kids my daughters age. They have babies or teens and my daughter is 6. I think part of the problem is where we are. I'm hoping it will be easier on our next assignment.