The importance of family vacations is huge in my books. Not just for kids, but for parents too. From making memories, going on adventures, and relaxing – every family needs a vacation. I firmly believe that at least once a year you should pull your family away from the hustle and bustle of life to refuel and reconnect. These are the times that I look forward to most.
As a family, we are a team. We all work hard, every day. Rushing around, working together to complete so many tasks, day in and day out. Work, school, errands, homework, bake sales… the list never ends! It is downright exhausting.
Once we reach that point of exhaustion, our enthusiasm dwindles, attitudes take a dive, and our efforts start to lose their momentum. What is the old saying… work hard, play hard? Now that everyone has been working hard, it is time to play hard.
Some of my favourite memories from my childhood are during family travel. Camping, visiting relative afar were engaging activities that drew my whole family together. We learned so much about each other. Even when we encountered a problem, we leaned on each other. If someone fell, they were helped up. Trust grew right along with our bonds.
Using family vacations as an opportunity to teach your children how to be there for one another is golden. When your family experiences this regularly, it allows them gain the tools they need to live a happy and healthy life. They learn how to problem solve as a team and think of other’s needs.
If you do not have the means to take a vacation away from home, plan a staycation instead. The perfect family vacation is within your reach. You do not need to spend a pretty penny for the experience. All you need is your family and time. Plan a few days away from work, school, daycare, and chores.
Having some down time will give everyone an opportunity to reconnect with each other. Simply pack a picnic and take your family to the neighbourhood pool for a day full of sun and water. Have the entire family contribute by preparing the meal and packing up everything they need.
Unplugging from work, activities, and the daily grind will give everyone in your family an opportunity to unwind and recharge. A vacation should be an opportunity to explore, learn, and create. It is a time to spark adventure and make memories. Gaining an experience with your family strengthens everyone’s relationship.
If you have been putting your vacation off, take a moment to think of the importance of family vacations so you can regenerate and reconnect with your loved ones.
When is the last time you took a family vacation?