When I was young, I did not experience extravagant vacations. We didn’t explore the world or take cruises to the islands. Family vacations entailed travelling long distances between cities. My parents had the knack of picking a specific time whenever they could to do so.
Family vacations have so many benefits besides being incredibly fun and an escape from reality, vacations help families grow and learn in a variety of ways. Many families either don’t have the time or the money (or maybe both) to experience a vacation.
Here are five reasons vacations are significant to children and family as a whole:
Family vacations create unforgettable experiences and memories
Family vacations provide a platform for new experiences that your kids never would have had otherwise. Reading books and looking at pictures is great but nothing beats hands-on experiences to really help a child learn. When on vacation, kids learn through experiences.
Family vacations is beneficial to child’s 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. “Think: family together in the pool, walking together through the forest, touching long tall grasses waving in the wind, toasting marshmallows on campfire, hanging out together under warm sun, feeling sand between the toes.”
The brain’s PLAY system is exercised every time you bury your child’s feet in the sand, tickle them on the pool lounger, or take them for a ride on your back. The brain’s system is exercised each time you go exploring together: the forest, the beach, a hidden gem of a village.
Enhances family bonding
This is a great opportunity to spend time as a family and get to know each other. It might be a hike, swimming, building a sandcastle. There is more time to talk and spend time together without the daily distractions. Remember that a family that plays together stays together.
Your Children will not always be children
I am sure every parent agrees that time flies by so fast and you can barely recon from the moment your child was in diapers to the time they live home. Pretty soon your children will have their own lives and sad as it may spending time with you as parents will not be top of mind. You can’t blame it’s just life and its nature. Therefore take the time for a family vacation while they still want your company.
Just Relax and Relieve Stress
Parents and children face a lot of things on a day to day basis. Children have a load of homework to do and parents work long hours to provide for their families. When a parent comes home, they help their children with homework, cook, clean and prepare the household for the next day. Not to mention, if the parents bring work home, they must fit that into their schedule as well.
A family vacation will definitely put the daily routine aside for just a little while and allow you to kick back and relax. No matter what the adventure, you are sure to come home recharged and ready to return to the daily grind.
“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.”