Create Fun and Happy Memories With your Kids with Good Parenting!
For many people, family vacations bring up many great memories. Some remember long cross-country trips with the family packed into a car, some remember flying on airplanes to see relatives and others remember going on an ocean cruises to play on faraway beaches. Are you planning on making those wonderful memories with your children this summer? The happy and fun-filled family vacation is, after all, one of the biggest highlights in parenting you can have. You may also wonder how to make it a fun one that they will remember for years to come. After all, you do not want to have a cranky and unhappy family when all you want to do is spend time together.
Here are some secrets to a fun family vacation that guarantee memorable and happy moments.
- Plan your vacation with your kids and decide on where everyone wants to go as well as finding out vacation schedules ahead of time.
- Make sure to pack lightly and make it fun by helping your younger ones pack. You can also let them help you pack by putting certain items in your suitcases such as shoes and other items. Be sure to have enough room in your luggage for souvenirs.
- Leave plenty of time to get to where you want to be. To get your vacation off to a good start, plan to arrive at the airport about an hour early if you are planning to fly so you can check luggage, go through security and still have time to play before boarding.
- Leave some flexibility in the schedule. Perhaps you may remember a series of films made in the 1980’s about a well-meaning, yet overly ambitious father by the name of Clark Griswold and his family. Wanting the best for the family, he had a tendency to go a little overboard with vacation schedules that left no flexibility what so ever. This, of course, lead to several humorous disasters and inevitable meltdowns; from the first film where the kids did not want to stay in the car anymore, to feeling exhausted and a little smothered in Europe in the second film. Unlike the National Lampoon Vacation movies, disasters from over scheduling and little flexibility are rarely humorous. Remember that even though kids seem to have a lot of energy, a lot of them are not continuous doers that constantly need to go from ride to ride or monument to monument. Over scheduling often leads loss of enthusiasm and exhaustion. Downtime is a must for everyone in the family so they would have time to enjoy themselves.
- Let your children pick out a special souvenir within a certain price range; whether it is with their own vacation money or you decide to pay for it.
- Let each person in the family choose one activity and one restaurant per trip. Give them options to choose from or let them choose something else that is fun to do if they are old enough to do so.
- Last and certainly not least, keep your vacation simple and fun.
Related articles about Parenting:
- Kristin Farmer ACES We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future. – President Franklin D. Roosevelt…
- Parenting By Kristin Farmer ACES Parenting Advice and Informative Information about Children…
- Have family fun at the beach 10 Tips for an Enjoyable Beach Vacation…
Articles/Photos/Graphics Copyright ©2013/2014 – All Rights Reserved peoplelovesanfrancisco.wordpress.com