16 January 2017

The Importance of Family Holidays

I really think that family holidays are important. This doesn't mean you have to fly to some far away exotic land, not at all, some of the best holidays we've enjoyed as a family have been right here in the UK. But I do think getting away as a family is important and I'm going to tell you why.

New and Exciting Things
Going on a holiday often means that the kids get to experience something new i.e. new places and new culture. It's good for them to see how other people live and how things might be done differently to where they live themselves. One very simple example for me was when we went to Wales we couldn't get curry sauce on our chips at the chippy. They had gravy instead. Or experiencing siesta time in Spain and explaining to Logan why all the shops were closed in the middle of the day. Also languages and different accents. It's all part of the fun and learning.

Quality Family Time
You know what it's like when you're in the day to day routine of work, nursery, school runs, after school clubs, play dates, meetings etc. You hardly have any good quality family time together as more often than not you're rushing around making sure everyone's clean, fed, dressed and getting to where they're supposed to go. When you're on holiday though you can take a step back and be more focused on the quality time together. The kids get your undivided attention and they love it.

It's a Break
Hopefully it's a bit of a break for us adults too. Less washing, cooking, cleaning or none at all and if you're lucky a cheeky glass of vino to chill out with. It's a change of scenery from the front door if anything and hopefully your worries of work, money and life in general are far away.

Getting to Know You
Sometimes it feels like you don't even know your own family when you're like ships passing in the night but being on holiday means you can't escape! Good or bad it's a chance to get to know each other better and this often helps strengthen bonds which is really nice.

Refreshed and Re-energised
I'm taking a punt on this one but fingers crossed you'll feel refreshed and re-energised for what life will throw at you back home. I know holidays with kids aren't always relaxing, as man do toddlers run fast, but getting a break from the norm really does help clear the cobwebs and seeing the little ones faces enjoying all the new and exciting things makes it worth while.

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