Make the Most of It
Folks sometimes believe vacations stop post-children. In reality, it’s the perfect time to introduce kids to the things that you love.
If it’s art museums or cultural centers, your kids will love them too. Additionally, most museums understand and have child-friendly stops for kids to touch and experience their way so don’t overlook these opportunities.
Another approach includes adjusting the adventure to accommodate something each person loves. One afternoon could be at a beach for Grandma, the next a museum for Mom, followed by sailing for Dad, scuba diving for Mary, an architectural tour for Tom and a culinary adventure for Adam. Take time to savor, foster and encourage each family member’s contribution.
For young children who can’t voice their choice, honor their regular nap time. Return to the hotel with a pack of brochures, a new book, or a bottle of wine to share/delight. Rest time might end up being your favorite part of the day.
You’ll also be amazed how little kids need to stay occupied. Leave the electronics at home and give them a chance to expand their imaginations. Become avid people watchers, window shoppers, game inventors and listeners extraordinaire. This is your quality, quantity time so don’t miss the gift.
Lastly, most kids thrive on a schedule or at least knowing what to expect. If you keep things flowing, without overbooking, and the kids informed and participating, the inevitable speed bumps can become amusing or teachable moments instead of deal-breakers.