As the summer holiday is getting closer, it’s time for parents to answer a simple and yet decisive question about their children’s preferences. Holiday is, after all, that time of the year where everyone can recharge their batteries. And it’s fair to say that for a lot of families, the typical holiday destination focuses on child-friendly hotels selected by the parents. In reality, your child should have a say in the planning of the vacation, and it’s only natural to let them pick something that excites them over the summer. Is your kid an explorer who wants to experience new cultures – after all, the Neapolitan pizza doesn’t taste better than in Naples – or does he/she have a passion that school schedule forces to pause? In other words, your child deserves to make the most of the summer holiday, just as much as you do. So, it’s your role as a parent to ensure that their choices are considered too.
Exploring a foreign country
A vacation is the best time to discover something new without making it feel like it’s part of the school curriculum. Educational and yet exciting travels do exist, and most of the time, they take you abroad. Imagine, for a second, going to Paris with your family? It’s especially beneficial if your child needs to pick a foreign language or has been learning French for a few years, as they can rapidly pick up a few words while visiting the city. You will need to sort out all administrative questions in advance, from Visa to transportation, but you’ll appreciate the relaxed time once you’ve arrived at your destination. Decide together on what you want to see. Family holidays mean keeping everyone satisfied. So let your kid select some activities as well.
Doing what they love with their friends
What if your child prefers to spend time with their friends during their time off? You can find exciting activities, from standard summer camps to sports programs. You can also find more creative workshops for those who love painting, playing music or even acting on stage. In fact, it’s healthy to encourage your kids to dedicate some of their spare time to their passion, throughout the year and/or on holiday.
Spending some precious family time together
If you’re worried you can’t afford a family holiday abroad, why not take some time together in your hometown? Staycations are becoming increasingly popular, especially because they encourage togetherness and relaxation. Sometimes, at the end of the school year, it’s all your kid can ask for. The secrets of an amazing staycation is to follow your instincts to do what everyone loves best, from connecting with nature to playing all day. It doesn’t have to break the bank. You’ll find that spending time as a family is priceless … and it’s the best thing you can do to help everyone relax.
So what’s your choice for your next holiday? Remember that, whatever you decide to do, let your child express their preferences too.