Valuable Lessons I’ve Learned About Vacations

How to Prepare for an Unforgettable Vacation with the Kiddos

The issue is exclusively 21st century: a whole lot of options, so little time. And surely, the stakes are high, especially for parents who want their family vacation to be more than R&R. It’s an opportunity for the family to bond and for the kids to widen their horizons and increase their new learnings. Of course, budget is going to be a factor, so you have to balance price and profit as your main goal.

Here are tips to help you get the best family vacation ever – each time:Below are tips that can help you do just that – every time:The following are helpful tips to make your family vacation a blast – each and every time:

1. Have your kids participate in the decision-making regarding activities to do and places to go.

The best way you can make them invested in a family trip is to make them feel at least partly responsible for it. Begin by telling them you think it’s a fantastic time to take time off for a vacation. Be clear on the parameters from the get-go – for instance, no traveling longer than three to four hours, and the destination should make everyone happy.

When the rules have been set, let your kids to fill in the blanks by making suggestions on places and activities to do. With the rules set in stone, let the children provide the details – with some suggestions from you – regarding places to go or how to have fun there, and so on. Give them time to think about what they love, whether its swimming, mini-golf or amusement parks.

This method is most effective if you know beforehand how much leeway you can provide. If you say they can go anywhere they fancy, make sure you mean every word.

2. Listen to the children.

Let’s say you’ve decided to go to an old forgotten island because everyone likes the idea. So what comes next? Give everyone their time to talk. This is an opportunity for you to sense what goes with every member of the family. Promise you’ll consider every single possibility.

3. Create a momentum for the arrival of the big day.

Truth is, kids don’t have a very good understanding of time and distance, which is the main reason traveling and travel plans can be confusing to them. Kid-friendly books about your destination and about travel in general can help. (Anything that bridges the time you make plans to the time you actually arrive there should do fine!)

The idea is to help your kids manage excitement or even fears, if any. Talk to them in more specific terms. For instance, rather than saying vacation is five days away, you can say something more exciting, like “Five more lunches and we’ll see the penguins!” Rather than saying you’re four days away from Africa, make it more interesting by saying, “Four more dinners and we’ll see the zebras!”

Lastly, make the children choose and pack their own clothing and other necessities. It’s best to practice their autonomy and independence during their early years. In fact, it should be one of your goals each time you plan a vacation!

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