Almost each and every one of us has at some point recalled or shared a happy childhood memory - nine times out of ten those memories revolve around family vacations or the holidays. Our advice to you is. "Don't be a lame-assed parent by planning a deadbeat holiday”. If your children show any of the following signs, tag, you're it.
1. They're all squeaky clean and dry
Kids love to have fun. Second to that they love to have messy fun. Give your kids the freedom to muck about as much as they want during the holidays, after all this is their downtime too. So break the rules a bit by incorporating activities into the itinerary that allow them to do just that. For the younger kids, finger paints, play-dough, bubble blowing or paper mache’ are just some of the activities that are easy to set up no matter where you might be taking a break. For your tweens think Paintball or ice-skating or holiday park rides that get them truly soaked.
2. Playing make-believe with their toys
Don't get me wrong, imaginative play is special and necessary, as is building your child's confidence and their ability to be comfortable by themselves. What I'm talking about is the opportunity for your kid to connect with other kids. Invite one of their close friends along for the holidays. If you have more than one child think of activities that get them interacting with each other more. Ball games anybody?Better yet take these games to the beach, throw a Frisbee about – they’ll also be nice and pooped afterwards which will give you some much needed down time. Most importantly, don’t forget that you are possibly the best holiday friend any child could ask for. Think about how much time you guys spend apart during the year. Use the holidays to re-connect with your kids.
3. Rolling on the floor screaming and gnashing their teeth
Yes, you have succeed into boring your child to the point of needing to throw the mother of all tantrums. Preparing for the festive season break is part of the fun, so involve the kids - this will ensure that the entire family is happy and nobody is left being even more stressed out than when the holidays began.
4. They're spending most of their time holed up in the house or hotel room
Make sure your kids enjoy the outdoors when on holiday. The best way to ensure this is to plan holiday activities that get them out and about. Add in some adrenalin fun such as sandboarding or mountain biking and you're on your way to being nominated parent of the year. Sure kids love spending time at the mall either watching the latest movie or playing the latest game at the arcade - just be sure to mix things up a bit so they get their fair share of fun in the sun.
5. There is not a single status update mentioning the holiday
Kids today are more connected than most of their teachers, so don't kill their technology craving - allow them to have their fun, just make them aware of the hazards that exist in today's cloud community - You're in control if you allow your children the freedom to be open and honest with you. Create an environment that encourages them to share their feelings and emotions - and not just with their social buddies.