The Vacation Bond: Connecting With Kids On A Family Holiday

Picture a family vacation and what comes to mind? Is it a mess of arguments and tears followed by the occasional moment of joy? For most people, this is enough to warrant doing it over and over every year without fail. There is only a certain amount of time for the family to be together, so might as well give it another shot. Wouldn’t it be nicer if everyone loved the holiday and couldn’t wait for the next outing? The answer is obvious, but so are the sticking points. It’s hard to bond while being a parent at the same time.

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Here are four ways to create a stronger bond while on a family getaway.

Get Them Involved

Often, there is tension because the kids don’t want to go or get bored. So, they lash out by sulking or acting like spoilt brats. They know it works and they are happy to bring everyone down to their level, sadly. One way to stop this from happening is getting them involved in the preparation process. Speak to them about where they want to go and what sights they would love to see. Sure, Disneyland isn’t always an option but it’s a fantastic treat. They’ll never complain once if they are excited about the holiday.

Let Them Choose The Activities

An excellent way to compromise is to take part in kid-friendly activities. Sometimes, where they want to go is unfeasible. They don’t see it because they are kids, but the price and the organization are too much to handle in a short timeframe. So, dedicate a couple of days to let your inner-child, and you’re real one, loose. Sitting poolside is always a winner, but don’t be afraid to branch out. Kids electric scooters are great fun and will keep them smiling all day long. The same goes for any activity which is thrilling, such as quad bikes or water sports.

Tell Them What’s Expected

Moms and dads often lose their cool because their children act out in a public place. There is nothing more embarrassing than watching your son or daughter be rude or ignorant. Even things which they can’t control – boredom on a flight – is annoying when they won’t be quiet. It’s important to be patient, but also remember that the kids have a role to play. Teach them what you expect in social situations so that you don’t end up disliking them while on holiday.

Keep Them On Schedule

It’s their vacation too so they’ll be some flexibility. Still, it’s best to make sure they get plenty of rest. Otherwise, they’ll turn into little monsters and cause chaos. Sleep is a major deal but so is food. Kids get cranky when they are hungry, so keep meal times in mind when planning activities for the day. Use common sense and everything will be fine. For example, don’t go to a remote beach without snacks.

What are your methods regarding bonding with your kids on vacation? Do you have a go-to move?

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Julian Caldwell

Julian Caldwell

Julian Ivey-Caldwell founded GetConnectDAD with one simple goal: Connect more families to their kids. Julian works a day job and spends his evenings (after the family retires) continuing to grow this platform. Because he travels a great deal for his “day job,” he is intensely focused on trying to find better ways for fathers and mothers who work long hours, different hours, or unusual hours find better ways to be engaged.

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