Holidays - which kind is right for your child’s age?
‘Our first holiday was just the three of us in a cottage in Somerset when Ethan was one,’ says mum, Cherry. ‘It was really relaxed and perfect, we went for walks with Ethan in the pushchair, and sat around reading and drinking tea while he napped. We tried to do the same thing the next year though and it was completely different. Being a year older he needed much more entertainment than was on offer and wouldn’t stay in his pushchair long enough for any kind of walk, so we ended up watching lots of television. It was a bit disappointing but we just learnt from then on to pick holidays where there’s plenty of activities suitable for his age.’
Family holidays offer a break from the norm
One of best things about family trips is not so much where you go or what you experience, it’s just enjoying valuable time together away from work, household chores and everyday life. And that can be a fortnight abroad, a weekend camping or simply a day at the beach.
‘Our holidays are very low-key nowadays,’ says Rob, dad to Teddy, 3. ‘But I actually think there’s less pressure that way. My tip to other parents would be don’t try to fit too much in, like sightseeing and activities, as sometimes kids get overtired and cranky. Just enjoy the slower pace of life for a bit.’
So whether you’re getting your passports ready or packing for a roadtrip - relax, have fun and enjoy the ride (whatever might happen along the way…)