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How to Organize the Perfect Holiday with the Kids

What is a family holiday, if not the perfect occasion to spend some quality time together with your kids? Whenever I have some time off work, I always plan something interesting to do. Unfortunately, it’s hard to have more than a week off without severe repercussions for my professional activity.

 

Even so, seven days are more than enough to have a fantastic, unforgettable holiday. When I talk about this to my friends, the comment I usually get is, “How can you do that? A week is too short; you’ll only stress yourself out!” Nothing can be further than the truth. In fact, some of the most enjoyable moments I spent with my kids were on short vacations during long weekends.

 

Nevertheless, as it always happens with parenting strategies, there are a few tips and tricks to be put into practice to avoid ending up, at the end of the holiday, more exhausted than relaxed.

 

Respect the Childen’s Timings

When vacationing with my kids, I enjoy traveling in our car. It’s far better than the train, or even the plane because it allows us to fully manage our travel schedule. One of the most important things to consider is taking the necessary breaks; it’s crucial to keep the crew’s morale up. Instead of thinking about getting to a particular place at lightning speed, I treat the road and the trip as a destination in itself.

 

When planning the holiday, I search on the map for lovely, exciting places we can visit on our way. It could be a park, a small town, or even a country restaurant. Kids love to see new places, so it doesn’t matter if you take them to Niagara Falls or to a little pond where they can feed the ducks. Actually, the second option would probably keep them entertained for a much more extended period!

 

If they are tired of being in the car, I don’t force them. I prefer to anticipate their needs, and I usually stop at gas stations along the road, where they can have a bit of a walk, stretch their legs and get some fresh air.

 

Share the Magic of New Experiences

Children are young but not naive. They can correctly understand your comments and remarks about the places you see, whether it’s the British Museum or a souvenir shop. Also, sharing ideas and thoughts with them is an opportunity I don’t really want to miss. They can see things from a different and surprising point of view.

 

Under my guidance, they can understand what they are experiencing, creating memories. They can pick up so much more than you think. When we went to Rome, my five-year-old boy stood in front of a magnificent statue of Moses. I saw he was really impressed, so we started talking about marble statues, about Michelangelo, about how old the figure was and who was depicted. Now that he’s ten, he still remembers it and sometimes uses the statue as a benchmark to measure other things: “that’s as big as Moses.”

 

Never Lie to Children

If I cannot meet their expectation, I simply don’t promise them I will. I’ve learned this by experience. One day, we were on the road to a friendly little ski resort. I knew we were going to drive by an amusement park along the way. So I said to them we were going to have a lot of fun on the roller coaster and on the carousel. Unfortunately, when we got there, we found that the park was closed for the low season. It was a big let down.

 

That’s why, apart from checking the opening times of amusement parks, I’ve learned that deception is a big drawback for children, especially when they are so looking forward to something. That’s why I keep expectations low. One day we have decided to take a short trip to the local beach. It was a beautiful day, but it was still early spring. So I said: “We are going to play with the sand, but I’m not sure if we will be able to bathe as it may be freezing cold.” Fewer expectations may lead to pleasant surprises. The water was just perfect.

Fun Family Activities During the Pandemic

The parks are not as open as they used to be because of the lockdowns and stay-at-home orders. What else is there for entertainment and fun? I think it is time we looked elsewhere and perhaps became a little more innovative.

I found myself worried that my kids are beginning to get bored with staying at home. I am certain I cannot be the only one noticing the mood within my household suddenly changing as everyone gets dull with limited outdoor activities through which we used to bond?

Cabin fever is becoming common, and I think I found several ways to beat it – these are ways that could help anyone in the same situation. For the last one year, I have devised ways of having fun within my household; I have been able to engage the kids and my wife for a wholesome and fun-filled family experience. And then, once the kids have gone to bed, it’s our turn to relax. I know friends who play online casino games, and I’ve been meaning to share this article about how to increase your casino odds with them for a while now. It does look like a pretty good way to de-stress, so maybe I’ll start playing too.

Play Board Games

I find board games an excellent way to liven the mood whenever I am stuck in the house. The competitive nature of board games, even with nothing material at stake, is what makes board games interesting. The kids will want bragging rights and to feel the pride of winning over their siblings or parents. Common board games that I brought to the house include chess, scrabble, snakes and ladders, and monopoly.

There are many kinds of these games out there while it is also possible to become innovative and create a game of such kind at home using simple materials. In fact, instead of playing chess, my eldest child has created a board game similar to chess but drawn on a box cutting and played using bottle tops.

Play Cards

I also have a deck of cards in the house that we use to play several simple card games. One exciting thing about cards is that they offer the opportunity to play different kinds of game set-ups even with small children as long as they can tell numbers and letters. Like board games, a deck of cards can give an entire evening of fun.

Watch Old Family Movies

Recently I was browsing through my DVD collection and found old movies from the Home Alone series. These are films I used to watch twenty years ago when I was ten years old or so. My kids had never seen these films. I decided to start watching these old family films with the family and having movie nights with the family. Of course, I have to make sure they are PG-rated and age-appropriate.

Watching entertaining family movies together is a great way to kill time and keep everyone entertained; the kids of today love to see what we used to see back then during our times. Besides that, there is a lot of family-oriented content both on cable TV as well as streaming apps nowadays, so you could think about spending some quality time watching kids’ movies or shows if they do want to watch something else for a bit. Look through shentel cable packages or other similar packages that can provide you with an Internet connection as well as TV options. This should keep you and your kids entertained for quite a while!

Solve Puzzles and Conduct Experiments

I am probably one of the people whose children do not like to engage in anything academic or mentally strenuous outside of school. I don’t complain much; I used to be that kid too. But when we solve puzzles or do experiments together using simple materials from the house or puzzles found online, I find the children to be more engaged. This is not only a way for them to have fun but also a means of blending fun and learning; challenge their minds, and sharpen critical thinking.

Cook Together

If one thing changed for many households, it is the fact that people suddenly started spending more time together at home than they did before. Before the pandemic, I could not remember the last time we cooked together as a family, or even with my wife. Many families only do so on special occasions.

Fire up that grill in your backyard or on your balcony and have a barbecue. Cook nice meals together- the meals you know your kids and the whole family love and enjoy. Nothing warms people’s hearts more than good food. Bring the fun you go to seek out there into your house and to your home.

Lastly, live, love, and laugh! Do not let anything take away the fun from your household. Let there never be a dull moment. Such activities make us bond more and promote a healthy family and a happy home.