Thursday, March 3, 2011

Planning Family Vacations

     Are your family vacations hard or easy, calm or tense, filled with fun or filled with anxiety? I imagine most vacations have bits of all of that, but to increase the possibility of a great vacation, the whole family needs to know what to expect.
family camping
     If your kids have good manners, are kind to each other, and listen to what you say --- any kind of vacation can be a dream. But if you have troubles with any of those, family vacations can exaggerate the problems and drive you nuts!!!  During vacations, you are forced to spend a lot of time very much 'together', so you have to know how to enjoy each other's company.
     Road trips were the easiest and cheapest for us. We traveled during different week long summer trips to Colorado, Utah, Alabama, Canada, and many trips in Michigan.
     Our trips involved family interaction all day long. This was before electronic everything and movies on the TV in the backseat. After a few years of traveling, we did get a TV which showed only 3 channels and only while traveling through cities! So we depended on toys...I glued Velcro on the toys so the boys could stick them to the carpeted walls of the van...worked for a while:) We sang silly songs together and spotted the alphabet along the roadways. Of course we had sleeping and snacking when in the car. There were puzzles, coloring books, books to read, and always a "surprise bag" for each boy to be opened on a certain day of the trip.
     We usually didn't plan where we were going to spend the night, but we did have to plan stops along the know, the potty break! We often stopped at rest areas for a picnic lunch and to let the boys run around, chase each other, and release some of that steam!!
     Remember, as a part of a family vacation, you should be open to stopping at some of those "tourist traps" that the kids want to see. It doesn't matter if you don't want's not about you!! You might actually enjoy the Mystery Spot, The Dinosaur Store, Shell City, or Wall Drugs. We did!!  Agreeing to go to these kid places needs to be after they show good behavior, never after you've already said "No". So decide to say "Maybe" until after you can think about it. Once that 'no' comes out of your mouth--NOTHING should change it, especially whining, pouting, or crying...unless you want that behavior to continue every time you say "No":)

     This was just a start....ideas to help with family vacations...more to come in the future!

Happy Parenting!
D and C


  1. Thanks again for sharing. I really enjoy these.

  2. Thanks, family, I love that you're keeping track :)

  3. I took my girls on a 2 week road trip from CA to Colorado and Utah - visited family and friends. Went to Moab, Glenwood Hot Springs, and many other fun places - We had such a great time - the husband/dad met up with us on the last leg of our trip in Vegas.. This summer I have planned another mom/daughters trip (they are 15/13) - We are flying to the East coast to DC, NYC, and Boston - I think the planning can be almost as fun as the adventure... I know I'm excited..
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  4. Thanks for following Mom is the Only Girl! I'll be following! Haven't taken any road trips yet - although we've wanted to! Somehow scares us!

  5. Kelly, I'll have more photos in the future about those road trips..if nothing else they're great memory-makers! Thanks for following!

    Tricia, don't be scared :) Boys can be the goofiest, but so much fun! Thanks for joining in.

  6. You are SO right! I just commented to my husband the other night that I need to stop bluffing. I have to choose my words carefully and then stand by them. I used to be good at it, but have started to slide. Thanks for the confirmation!

    I'm following you back. Thanks for visiting my blog and following!



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