In theory, a family vacation is the perfect opportunity to bond with your children. You’re away from the usual distractions that life throws at you, and you have the opportunity to take part in shared experiences.
In practice, however, a family vacation can be stressful, and this can inhibit the bonding time you may hope for. There are new distractions for all of you, so you may not get the planned time to spend together. And your children might get upset, be that because of sibling rivalry, or because they aren’t happy with the holiday ideas you have chosen.
Are you relating to this? If so, we have some tips that should help you to bond with your kids effectively on your next family holiday. We hope you find them useful.
- Enlist your kids in the planning. If you want to reduce some of the stress of a family vacation, ensure your children have a say in the activities that take place. You may not agree with all of them, but compromises do need to be made. Remember that it’s a ‘family vacation,’ so even the smallest of your family members deserve a say. By taking steps to make them happy, you are taking the first step to a happier, and hopefully closer time together when away.
- Join in with your children’s activities. No matter what kind of vacation you are going on, never be too ‘adult’ to sit out on what your kids are doing. If there is a play area, actively join them on the swings, slides, and climbing frames. If you are going on a beach holiday, don’t just sit and soak in the sun while your kids’ paddle, swim, or surf the waves. Pack your swimsuit, and/or consider these women’s wetsuits, and get in the water with them. Spend time having fun with your kids, and you will automatically start to bond together.
- Push everybody’s comfort zones. Choose those activities that might be considered daring, such as going on a zip wire, climbing a rock face, or taking a ride on a scary rollercoaster. if your kids aren’t clutching your hands in anticipation, you will be clutching theirs, and as you all overcome your fears together, you will create memories that you can talk about for a lifetime.
- Spend time with individual children. If you have more than one child, you will understand the problem of sibling rivalry. They might fight each other to get your attention, and you may then struggle to bond with any of them. Therefore, try and find those moments when you can be alone with each of your kids. Take this opportunity to have fun with them, as well as talk about anything that might be on their mind. Provided your other children are safely engaged elsewhere, this time with you might be the best experience your child has on holiday.
So, what do you think? Was our advice helpful to you? Do you have any other family vacation bonding tips? Let us know, and share your wisdom and experiences with us.