Traveling with the children is always a good idea. No matter how old your little ones are, it is great to consider booking a trip with them. Whether you choose a local destination or pull out all the stops and book one of those Nassau vacation rentals, vacationing with the kids will always prove to be worthwhile and a very rewarding endeavor.
Although it is natural for most parents to be discouraged in planning trips with smaller children in tow, some brave souls will tell you that the bold move will be well worth it and something your smarter parent self in the future will thank you.
Here is a rundown of some of the reasons why you ought to plan your trip with your children soon:
It Is Good For Kids of Any Age
It might be a lot trickier, not to mention a whole lot stressful, to take a trip with smaller children who may not be as cooperative as their older siblings. They might easily give a fuss about missing their binky, or their favorite blankie, or about why the trip is taking too long and there might be more things that need to packed, including diapers, feeding bottles, and the likes, compared to when you are tagging along older children, but nothing beats careful planning, and being prepared for whatever circumstance, to solve this dilemma. Make sure to create a checklist of what items to bring for each child so you will miss out on anything. Packing a bigger bag and separating each child’s stuff into smaller containers or ziplocks will also prove to be helpful so you will be more organized in unpacking once at the hotel or resort or packing up again before heading back home. Items such as the children’s snack, vitamins and medicine, as well as books or toys to ward off boredom or tantrums away, must all be packed in mum’s big handbag so they are a lot easier to retrieve when needed. Packing up essentials, as well as enough amount of patience, will surely do the trick. Plus, there are also many resources online that offers nifty tips and tricks on how you can reduce stress while traveling with kids.
Being a work-at-home parent has many advantages and is a true blessing. For example, running a home office will provide you with several unique advantages that will often translate in saving money, having more spare time for your children, and avoiding the neurotic modern commuter’s lifestyle.
Here’s a run-down of the best reasons why work-at-home parenting just makes sense:
You can work from anywhere
The most obvious benefit of working at home is the flexibility; you get to make your own schedule and adapt your routine to your workload and vice-versa. This can be particularly useful when raising a child, since it means you’ll have the time and energy to do proper parenting, rather than having to sacrifice your ideals to keep up with your office duties.
You may be able to eliminate or reduce child care cost
Since working at home often means you will be able to get by without any need to hire child care services that will invariably let you save a lot of money! Not to mention that you will have the luxury of raising your children yourself, rather than having to rely on external assistance that often comes with a hefty price tag.
Is there anything worse than being miles from your destination with your kids in the back squealing, falling out with each other and endlessly whining “are we there yet?”.
It’s the battle all parents have to face, but with the right preparation you can limit the damage and enjoy stress-free and pleasant journeys.
Buy a baby-friendly car
Start off right with a car suitable for your family’s needs. Safety is always high on the priority list for parents, so check out the air bags and braking system.
Kids always come with plenty of baggage: whether it’s buggies, changing bags or toys. Make life easier for yourself and find a car with plenty of space to fit in the buggy and spare clothes. Storage in the passenger area of the car can also be used to your benefit by placing toys and activities within your child’s reach.
Little extras like tinted rear windows (or adding in sun blinds) will make the journey more comfortable for your kids.
If your current car doesn’t fit the bill or you need a car abroad, check out sites with child friendly car options, such as Intelligent Car Leasing who provide UK car leasing and contract hire to personal customers.
Organize car activities before you start the car
Preparation is key. Arm yourself ahead of time with as many distractions and activities as you can. Ask your kids to pick out some of their favorite music to play on the journey. Kids can fill out activity printables on the lap trays, or on a clipboard.
Simple coloring pads and wax crayons will help keep younger children entertained, whilst older kids may want to take a DVD player and headphones, or a small games console.
Classic travel games such as “I Spy” or looking for a particular color car are also great to use up a bit of extra time.
Teaching can both be fun and difficult, much like learning. When kids are little, they can easily learn by simply observing and repeating what they hear. Let them watch for a couple of minutes, and they’ll be able to soak knowledge like a sponge.
Once they start school, however, parents tend to pass the full responsibility of teaching their children. What we may not know is that hands-on teaching at home can greatly affect a child’s learning ability, resulting in a better performance in school. But with the busy world we live in and all the things our kids have to learn in school, how is it possible?
You don’t need all the time the world to teach kids. However, there are simple ways on how you can help your children learn at the comforts of your home, some of which are the following:
Set a timely schedule for school-related activities
Being organized is the best way to teach children on how to be a responsible young adult. By dedicating a specific time in a day for doing homework, studying or doing projects, learning won’t stop and they’ll be able to retain more learnings. They’ll eventually get into the daily routine which is essential as more knowledge will be taught to them as they progress.
Read bedtime stories to them
Do you know that by telling your child a bedtime story, they are able to learn about essay writing, listening comprehension and reading comprehension? By asking questions, they’ll be able to identify which part is the beginning, body, and ending of the story. By asking them to repeat the story, you’re teaching them how to summarize, and by reading with them, they get to learn how to read and pronounce words the right way.
Ask your child to tell you the things he can observe
We do not go out on playdates that often because most of my mum’s friends with kids live far. I seldom see them and mostly on special occasions, like birthdays and the likes. That is why I am really very excited when my classmate, Anthony, and I had an instant playdate today!
It was his baby brother’s christening and while everyone was busy feasting on the yummy food his family prepared for the guests, we were busy playing with his Nerf guns on the street. Mum had to accompany us because I, for one, is not really used to playing outside.
It was awesome to play and spend time outdoors! We surely enjoyed playing together on the streets, good thing there weren’t too many cars out that day.
We are excited to play together again soon and I will ask mum when we can visit my classmate’s place for another playdate! They live quite near our place so I am guessing it will be soon.
What’s your favorite game to do for playdates and when was the last time you did?