Summer is on the way and that means there is a vacation in the works. But, families know that they aren’t the ones that they enjoyed back in the day. Nope, the kids are coming along so everyone has to be on their best behavior. So, the day drinking by the pool is out and the sightseeing in the city is in.
If lots of people have come along for the ride, even something as simple as looking at attractions is difficult. In short, it may not go smoothly and you may get frustrated. Rather than lose your cool, here’s how to keep your sanity.
Go Your Separate Ways
Because you’re on vacation together doesn’t mean everyone has to stay joined at the hip. There is a temptation to fall into a routine that consists of waiting for all parties to agree on the itinerary for the day. Whatever you do, please don’t fall into this trap because it’s incredibly stressful. Some things will require all the people on the trip to meet up and stay together, eating at a restaurant for example. Going to the beach or heading into the town isn’t one of those things. Time apart is essential if you and the family are going to be friends for two weeks.
Drop Off The Kids
Parents love their children but they can be full-on, especially on holiday. What with the weather and the different environment, they are a handful. And, this vacation isn’t supposed to be stressful; it’s meant to be fun and relaxing. With this in mind, don’t feel bad about dropping the kids off at a club for the afternoon. The supervisors will keep them safe and they’ll be lots of game to play with other children. Before long, they’ll have a ball while you and the hubby take in a romantic walk down the beach.
Forget About Home
The main concerns are a result of worrying about home. Did I leave the stove on? Did I lock the doors and windows? Can someone tell we aren’t at home? They are valid questions, and that’s why you need to take care of them beforehand. Ticking points off a list should help to forget about the house. Another cool trick is to invest in security for your home that is advanced. Then, you can check the feed while on vacation and put your mind at ease. If it’s possible, try and leave your phone behind too and disconnect from the world altogether.
Breathe In, Breathe Out
Arguments happen and you can’t stop them completely. All you can do is attempt to stay calm and not bite. At least if you take the high road, then there’s less chance of an incident. Although it is clichéd, breathing can do wonders for anger levels. Of course, on the flip side, venting is an alternative worth checking out also. So, find a sounding board and let loose if you are dedicated to keeping the peace.
After reading this post, do you think it is possible to enjoy a family vacation and not argue?