Family dynamics are tricky, but it’s important to appreciate your family’s quirks and treat your time together as a wonderful opportunity to relax and renew, rather as a source of stress.
Whether you’re taking a trip or remaining home for a staycation, we’ve put together a few tips on how to prepare and cope. These may just make you the star of Spring Break!
- Unplug- decide that you won’t be tied to your device! If work calls, answer, but otherwise, just use your camera to capture moments and that is a great present for Christmas a book of Spring break weather home or on a trip
- Be present- set time aside for one on one time with your partner and children
- Establish a no TV rule and have maybe a board game time or create something
- Find time to spend with each child individually for a special experience of movie time, pedicure or even a walk.
- Learn something new or refresh an old skill– take a cooking class or go bowling or roller skating and of course a making new batch of slime is always good fun!
- Agenda- create an agenda to manage expectations
- Don’t over plan- leave time open for family talks, walks and down time
- Each parent should try to do an activity with each child and their own time away from siblings. That individual attention is key to what each child takes away from the trip. Not everyone will want to hike or shop, so when possible, try to make a special trip with an individual child to address their interest.
Congratulations! You’re on your way to an AWESOME Spring Break.
If you find in your post-Spring Break recovery that you and your family are in need of some professional assistance to build a stronger family unit, please call us today to learn more about how our staff can help.