Suck It Up

by Danielle on May 13, 2009

It happens to be our family motto. Seriously.

Suck it up.

And yes it is a bit crude, but you would be surprised at how many times it works as an answer.

Basically, we want to teach the girls (and ourselves) to be a little tougher when needed, complain less often (how much good does it really do you?), and be flexible.

Traveling like we are is certainly different than vacationing, maybe harder in some aspects. It pushes your boundaries and tests your comfort zones. Not every place is going to be the most friendly, have the thickest walls, the most comfortable beds, the softest toilet paper, the coolest air-conditioning (or any for that matter), the fastest internet, or the best coffee.

You then are presented with a choice. You can be unhappy, stubborn, uncomfortable, and unpleasant to be around. You can choose to let the not so great things take over and limit your experiences or you can say it with me: Suck. It. Up.

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May 14, 2009 Joe Elwood

You guys are probably giving your kids the best education.
We adopted the Suck it up motto a few years ago.
Along with “Take it or Leave it.” That one works great with our son. It immediately ends all debate or whining.

May 14, 2009 katz

A great attitude, can be used for life in general not just on fabulous trips!

May 14, 2009 Mom

What a lesson!

May 14, 2009 Danielle

After all, they need to learn a paper cut is not a tragedy.

May 16, 2009 Kathleen

Hi! We are also traveling through SE Asia with our 2 children (ages 11 + &). Our ‘about’ stories are so similar (down to following along for the mid-life crisis) it is scary! We are currently in Phuket and it could be fun to connect. Great blog, btw. :)

May 25, 2009 Sean

Danielle is my kinda woman!

I had a smile on my face as I read this post, and Suck It Up inspired this post.

http://portable-parents.com/blog/2009/05/portable-parents/some-days-are-better-than-others/

Safe Travels

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