As adults, we have a tendency to pick things out that kids may not find fun. When we get in the car and drive across the country, it is often as a result of our own whim and wanting to go somewhere for vacation. When we take our children, we often plan things to keep them busy. They may not find these things fun. If you have your kids help plan a vacation, the experience can be more rewarding for everyone who is involved. This article will discuss ways to help your kids be part of the vacation planning process.
The first thing to do is ask them what they would like to do on the vacation. Will the vacation be centered on going to a city? If so, have them make a list of things they would like to do. Sit down with them and see if there is an attraction that matches their list, go ahead and schedule it on your trip itinerary. Your children will really appreciate having their wants on the trip considered. If your children have a list of things that they picked to choose from, they will feel like they have a stake in the vacation.
If you are going by car, sit down with your children and a map. Show them where you are going and ask them how they would get to the destination if they were driving. This can help your children get a sense of where you will be going. Ask them what states the route you are planning on going will take them through. Turn the activity into a geography game. After identifying the states that you will be going through, ask your child to identify states that are nearby. Naming capitals can also make this a fun activity.
Another important thing to consider is activities to do in the car. Perhaps your child can pick some games that they would like to play. Another fun activity for them might be to pick movies that can be watched on a DVD player in the car. When taking movies in the car, it might be a good idea to get those DVD players with two screens that mount on the back of the driver and passenger seats. That way, every kid will be able to see the movie within his or her own space. Have your children help pick out the DVD player at the store.
Turn planning the vacation into an adventure for your children. They can help you with so many different things. Before leaving for the trip, have them help you clean out the car and make it roadworthy. Allow them to go with you to get the oil changed and watch the mechanic do it. Your children will love the fact that you made them an integral part of the vacation planning process. Also, consider having your children pack their own bags. Make a checklist of things that they should take and entrust them to pack these materials on their own. Of course, you should check their bags to make sure that they have packed everything required.
Family vacations are an important part of childhood. Too many parents go on a vacation without taking their children. Another problem is that parents often dump their children in front of a hotel room television.
Include your children in all aspects of the vacation planning process. This will make it so that your children are moved to participate in the vacation. This will make them realize that their parents are also planning this vacation to make the family grow closer to one another.