Five Questions With Piccolina Mom and Local Passport Family Blogger Preethi Harbuck
This week, we're so excited to sit down with one of our favorite moms and content creators, Preethi Harbuck from Local Passport Family. A mom of five, Preethi and her family live life on the road in an RV, traveling across the world and teaching their kids along the way. To date, they've traveled to 62 countries – 43 of those with the kids in tow! We chatted with Preethi to find out more about their adventure-filled RV life, what empowerment means to her, and who her favorite Trailblazer is.
You are living the RV life with 5 kids! What do you love about it? How does it impact your family in a positive way?
My favorite thing about RV life is that we constantly have nature at our fingertips. We have so many opportunities to get out and explore right from our "backyard," which is constantly changing. It's a gift to have so many incredible outdoor spaces available to us!
What trailblazing woman did you look up to when you were younger? Who do you look up to now?
My mom has to be the most influential trailblazing woman in my life. She grew up in India with 9 siblings and plenty of chores but never enough food or resources for education. Despite that, she earned her masters in math and worked hard. She moved to the US after marrying my dad at the age of 27. At the time, she spoke only a few words of English and practiced by watching easy-to-understand soap operas. I admire that she never gives up learning or trying new things. From teaching herself to swim in her 30s to figuring out all the family electronic devices, she never fears a challenge! Nowadays, I also deeply admire Melinda Gates. She's used her resources and connections to benefit other women, acknowledges her mistakes, and strives to do better.
What is one thing that your children have taught you?
My kids have taught me so much, including that learning is fun!! It can be easy to get bogged down by the idea that history can be boring. But when it comes to life, when we teach organically and naturally with real-world applications and connections and experiences, it's all so dang FUN. That's true for all areas of learning!
How do you instill empowerment in your children? What does that mean to you?
I instill empowerment in my kids by giving them opportunities to succeed. They learn they are capable and competent through challenging experiences that allow them to succeed. This can be anything from building up stamina for a lengthy hike, or participating in chores at home that allow them to improve and develop skills.
What is your personal favorite Piccolina product right now, and why?
I have a soft spot for the RBG Trailblazer Tee right now - it's my favorite color and features one of my favorite heroes, whose legacy is currently so important and so needed in our country.
You can follow along Preethi and her family's adventures on Instagram at @localpassportfamily!