why take a vacation with your family?
Are you trying to decide if you should take a trip with your kids? Just like everything else concerning parenting, there are a lot of opinions on the matter.
They say they’re only young once. Enjoy this time while you can. Soak in every second before it’s gone. Don’t you hate when they say that?
I’m not going to say that because I still have young kids in my house. I haven’t forgotten that cherishing every moment is quite a feat when you’re buried in
What about the cost?
If you’re a stay at home mom like I am it can sometimes be hard to justify the expense of family travel. There’s a little bit of guilt that creeps in and whispers to you that wanting a vacation is selfish. It reminds you that your money would be better spent on the kids or fixing up the house. You need something practical and tangible that you can hold. This voice gets louder and harder to drown out when you’re walking past the Target dollar grab or that dang Hearth and Home Collection. But is that hand-woven alpaca rug what your family really needs?
There are a million companies vying for your hard earned dollar and sometimes travel slips down the list of priorities but the reasons for travel aren’t selfish at all. As a matter of fact science backs me up on this and so does personal experience. Vacations benefit the entire family.
Lasting happiness comes with experiences rather than things. You can’t fight me on this, it’s science.
I read a study last week that basically proved what I already knew. People who spend money on experiences are happier than those that spent their money on material things. The thrill of buying something new fades quickly but travel and vacations create bonds between your family members that will last a lifetime.
I can personally attest to this as being 100% true. My family temporarily moved to Florida for 5 months. The experience was kind of like a tightrope walk between a
We knew we were there for such a short time so we brought the bare minimum. I’m talking one box of toys for 3 kids for five months. Guess what I found out? My kids are 100% fine with a bin of
Taking kids on vacation develops their minds
I don’t think my kids have ever learned more in a five month period than the time we spent in Florida. They learned about new animals, habitats and climates. They learned how to
There are just some things you can’t learn from textbooks or in your own home town and science backs me up on this too. Traveling with your kids can be beneficial to their brain development. “An enriched environment offers new experiences that are strong in combined social, physical, cognitive, and sensory interaction,” says child psychotherapist Dr. Margot Sunderland. “
These experiences then turn on the genetic expression of key brain fertilizers in the frontal lobes, Dr. Sunderland explains, enhancing executive functions like stress regulation, attention, concentration, good planning, and the ability to learn, and also improving physical and mental health. “The brain fertilizers triggered in enriched environments are also associated with higher IQ in children,” she said. “So, spend time exploring together in a new space, and you’re making your child smarter.”
Who doesn’t want to make their kids smarter? Just to be clear, smarter doesn’t equal smart enough to put your shoes where they belong. Just sayin’
Traveling as a family creates memories that will last a lifetime and get you through the rocky parts of life.
Think back on your childhood. What stands out most to you? What did you look forward to?
For me, it was trips to the beach and not because I love the beach. It was a beach in Oregon that was certainly not for lounging or swimming. It was usually pretty dang cold but that didn’t matter. What I remember is being allowed to eat an entire bag of Doritos on the drive there. Stopping at the cheese factory to get an ice cream cone, flying kites with my mom and dad and renting bikes to ride on the beach. You know, the spending time together stuff.
Family travel gives kids and adults “happiness anchors” that can get them through the inevitable hard times of life. According to 2015 research conducted by the Family Holiday Association out of Britain, the happiest memory of 49 percent of those surveyed was on vacation with family. A third of the respondents said they can still vividly remember their childhood family vacations, and a quarter of them copped by using such memories to get them through tough times.
“Reflecting on our happiest memories of joyful time spent together as a family can be extremely powerful in bringing relief and respite when faced with the darker times that life can bring,” John McDonald, director of the Family Holiday Association, told the Huffington Post. “By using these memories as an anchor to take us back to more cheerful moments, we’re often able to approach problems with a fresh sense of perspective.
I hope I’ve convinced you to pack up your guilt and pack a suitcase instead. You don’t have to go far, just go together! If you need help with vacation planning tips or ideas of where to go I’d love to help you. You can subscribe for all of that using the box below. Happy travels.