If you’re planning on a vacation with kids, don’t.
If you’re still reading this, it may be too late. You may have already scheduled the thing, or are driving or flying to your destination and are reading this to block out the nearby shouting.
I’m sorry. I feel for you.
Fortunately for you (and me), we live in the age of technology. Plugging a child into a device like a robot buys you hours of uninterrupted time, time they would have spent poking each other and using their imaginations and such.
Yeah; I’m not in favor of devices for each kid. I’ll go into that more later.
For now, I wanted to recommend some tips once you all arrive at the family vacation spot.
- Have a plan. Winging it is a terrible idea, unless your children are adults. Even then, there’s going to be a lot of, “I dunno; what do you wanna do?” questions, while you fume at them for doing what they could have done at home.
- If you’re brave, have the kids be part of the planning process. Always give them a monetary limit, but freedom of choice will make them feel more involved and guilt them into trying to enjoy what they chose.
- Get outside and do something you couldn’t at home. I mean, why did you even leave your house and its area?
- Get outside and do something you could do at home, like going to a movie or a restaurant. You’re on vacation, so label it as a ‘special activity.’
- Eat out a few times but don’t go crazy. Costs add up quickly with children, especially considering how often they don’t eat their $10 kids meals.
- Go to lots of free places; like parks, hikes, exhibits, tours, and drives.
- Ask other people who have been to that vacation spot what was fun, and what was not.
- Try to pack what you need. If you didn’t, most places have a Wal-Mart.
- Make watching hours of TV or tablet time part of your schedule, then you won’t resent their doing it so much.
- Consider babysitter services where you’re going so at least some of the time counts as a vacation for parents, too.