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Vacations are a great way to let go, relax and connect. Here are some great resources to make family vacation a blast — Travel tips from real parents for packing, saving money, going on road trips, flying with kids, cruising etc.
I love these because some of the tips your find here, you will never find on regular travel websites. Here is a sample — I was planning for a trip to a nice resort in Arizona and considered doing some grocery shopping when I arrived.
I discovered that Safeway has an online site which will deliver. I went online to order basics like diapers, fruit and baby food. I also added some wine for me.
AirBnbHomeaway and vrbo — sites for finding vacation rentals. On a recent NY trip we stayed at a vacation rental since we were a large group — it was very comfortable, convenient, economical about half of what the hotel rooms would have cost us!
In between vacations, include picnics, staycations and short camping trips to continue getting short doses of down-time bonding. Here are a few great resources to spark your imagination — The Ultimate Picnic Planning Guide — Tips, tools and recipes to plan your next picnic. Note, even though the guide has a lot of promotional links to stuff from their site, I decided to include it here since they provide some great information!
Try glamping short for glamorous camping instead… Seriously??!!! Apparently, there is a whole industry sprouting around the idea of providing a camping experience with all the modern day luxuries you are used to! Another fun option is to Go RVing — For those new to the idea, RV is a recreational vehicle that you use for taking road trips and contains all your basic amenities so it doubles as your sleeping quarters when necessary.
Be it vacations, chores or after school activities, make your plans together as a family. Including kids in the planning shares the ownership of whatever you are doing with them, and that lets them enjoy and behave voluntarily. Tripit Family Vacation Planner — Free vacation planner for creating and sharing a master itinerary with all your travel details.
Family traditions are a great way to create a ritual that is uniquely yours and has an incredible power to tie the family together.
Laura Markham, my favorite parenting expert. These traditions are thoughtfully modified versions of the older traditions to help you raise more empathetic kids and to bond with them more deeply.
Create and talk about family stories. Like family traditions, the stories of each family are unique and not only can they bring the family together, but they can act as a timeless bridge between generations. Make a conscious effort to create your family stories, rich with details about places, people and specific circumstances and repeat them over and over at dinner tables and holiday parties.
Here is a great article that shows all the benefits of sharing family stories that go beyond just bonding! Some resources to get you going — Keepsake Memory Books — for preserving the memories through the years. If grandparents have the energy and time, this is definitely a precious way to preserve memories!
Here, there, somewhere else. Create a family time capsule with some of your current stories and pictures and open it in the distant or not-so-distant future. Here is a neat pinterest board with time capsule ideas.
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