Great Family Vacations – Benefits for Parents
There are many reasons for taking great family vacations. One of the best reasons is for the benefits you receive as a parent. The time spent with your children on a vacation is priceless. The activities that you choose to do on your vacation are less important then the time and adventures that you will experience together. Those experiences will create a stronger bond between family members. There are many destinations that you can take that are family friendly and budget friendly. Take a look at those ideas here.
An important benefit of time together as a family is the opportunity to build a stronger relationship with each other. Great family vacations together provide time to connect with one another. The responsibilities that are part of the normal routine are not a distraction while on vacation. A feeling of being on an adventure together creates new focus and ways to interact with one another. One-on-one time provides needed time to bond with each member of the family.
New Responsibility and Roles
Vacations take families to places and provide experiences that are not part of the daily routine. Because of this, new responsibilities and roles need to be fulfilled. Finding a way to handle new experiences give parents and children a chance to try something new. Husbands and wives sometimes change roles when traveling. Even parent and children change roles or responsibilities as needed to meet the new circumstances. All of these changes provide a chance to grow and learn together.
When families take great vacations with toddlers there is a built in need for a slower pace. Toddlers have different needs. Mealtimes, nap times, and bedtimes will dictate the pace of travel. Meeting toddlers needs naturally creates a slower pace and allow for relaxation and reflection. When you are realistic about what your toddler can handle you provide fun and activity without overwhelming them.
Travel Through Kid’s Eyes
Places that parents have been and experiences they have had become new once again when you travel with your children. Your toddler is your magnifying glass. They stop and smell, touch, listen and see the things we have overlooked. The smell of a pine tree, the softness of the white sand and the prickliness of fish scales are a few things your toddler will notice. They ask “why” and make you think and rethink things. You will take your time and engage with the world through their eyes.
Collect Memories – Not Things
A couple souvenirs and some photos will be wonderful to have from great family vacations. What is even more important is the memories that your child will carry with them for a lifetime. When I am with my siblings and cousins we will often recall time spend together at our Grandparents home. When my husband and I continue our family vacations with our own children they will often recall experiences that we have shared on previous vacation destinations. Long after the pictures have faded and the souvenirs are broken or lost, it is the memories of those shared experiences that stay with the children.
Kids are Ice Breakers
Children themselves are magnets for interactions with people you have never met. It may be a kind word or a nice gesture to allow you to go ahead without waiting. Perhaps it is something extra like a souvenir or sticker that will add to the experience. Interactions with others while traveling enhances the experience in many ways. You also may just develop a lifelong friendship.
Feeling Loved and Important
Toddlers adore you! They want to spend time with their parents. As a parent you are the star or hero in their world. Spending great family vacations together provides the time for you to experience their love and affections without any interruption of daily routine. Hugs and kisses will be in abundance as you spend your days together while on vacation.
Learn Your Child’s Strengths
Families that travel together will have many unexpected situations to handle. You and your child will have opportunities to try on different roles and responsibilities. You will be able to see them master these situations first-hand. There may also be things that your child will not be able to handle well. As a parent you will be seeing where your child’s strengths and weaknesses are. Vacation time will provide the perfect time to talk about those strengths and weaknesses and offer praise and encouragement or suggestions for others ways to handle a new situation.
The benefits you receive as a parent have no correlation with the amount of money that is spent on the vacation. It is also not dependent on how active or exciting the destination is. Some of the biggest benefits come from just sitting on a beach and building sand castles or playing in the swimming pool at the hotel or taking a nap together on a hammock.
Real benefits come from slowing down and engaging with your child. what you choose for you great family vacations will depend on the age and interest of your children.
What benefits have you had from your family vacations?
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