Slow Down when You Vacation with Kids

July 10, 2013 by

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When much needed vacations arrive, it’s easy to plan lots to do. After all it’s your time off to travel, have fun, and do what you don’t get to do the rest of the year.

That works well for most couples but when you have kids, an overly-busy itinerary can leave them cranky, tired, and asking when they can go home. So slow down when you vacation with kids, and set your plans at a pace your youngest child can handle.

Do You Really Need a Schedule?

Some things have to be planned, even on vacation. For instance if you are going to a water park, it will only be open certain hours. Those kinds of things need to be scheduled, but when you vacation with kids leave blocks of time open for spontaneity.

Take time to explore, visit the ice cream cafĂ© down the street from your hotel, or take an afternoon nap. Sometimes after a busy morning, everyone will enjoy hanging out at the pool. Don’t schedule every hour of the day. Take the time to enjoy time with your family.

A Family Vacation Involves the Kids

Along with slowing down, involve the kids in your vacation plans. Whether you’re talking about tweens or teens, you can’t assume they will want to see and do everything you want.

Involve the kids in making vacation plans and give them a vacation to look forward to. Let them know your budget limitations and how much you can afford to spend. Older children can even do research for ideas. You never know where their ideas might take you.

You could end up at a museum like the International UFO Museum or Salem Witch Museum — something you might never have thought of but interesting just the same. Or you could find yourself on an adventure like zip lining over a canopy of trees that takes you a little out of your comfort zone.

The possibilities are endless. Slow down and enjoy them.

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  1. Julie C. says:

    Some good reminders there that a vacation is as much about down time as it is doing fun stuff as a family.

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