So, you’re gearing up for a family holiday? Preparing for the inevitable tears and tantrums is always daunting, so whether you’re planning a sunny escape, a snowy retreat, or a beachside bonanza, we’ve got some tips and advice to help you make this family holiday the best one yet.
Get the whole family involved: Make holiday planning a group effort. Rally the family together to make sure everyone has an input. When everyone feels involved, excitement can really take off!
Family friendly for ankle-biters and silver foxes alike: Finding activities and destinations for everyone to enjoy is key in keeping any tantrums at bay. Look for places with kid-approved activities, accommodations that won’t break the bank, and a safe environment where you can let the little ones roam free while you kick back and relax.
Packing like a pro (the parent version of Tetris): Ah, the infamous packing frenzy. Fear not, roll up those sleeves, grab your suitcases, and check off each item as you go. Comfortable clothes, toiletries, medicines, and entertainment for the journey—don’t forget those!
Keep Calm and Stick to a Routine: Who says routines have to take a vacation too? Although it’s great to relax and unwind, routines can help keep a semblance of balance. Regular mealtimes, enough rest, and a dose of downtime will prevent the dinner time tantrums and keep everyone fuelled up for adventure. Plus, a touch of familiarity helps our little ones feel secure.
Expect the unexpected and everything in-between: Sometimes, life throws us a curveball, even on holiday. When things don’t go according to plan, roll with the punches, and adapt on the fly. Have some backup options ready, and remember, it’s the shared experience that counts.
Disconnect to Reconnect: Sometimes we all need to unplug from reality and reconnect with each other. Consider it a temporary tech hiatus and enjoy some good ol’ fashioned family fun. Putting screens aside opens the floor for more family chats and memories.
Capture the Magic: Buying a bunch of disposable cameras and handing them out to the family is a great way to see the holiday from the whole everyone’s perspective. Stick these in a travel journal, or even create a scrapbook that’ll make you smile for years to come.