Families don’t always get the opportunity to go on holiday as much as they’d like. As an opportunity to bond without the distractions of normal working life and a chance to form life-long memories, holidays are a unique and invaluable time for busy families.
Holidays are also good for you and your kids. In fact, they make your children happier and smarter – so it’s an important part of their upbringing. To make the most of the holidays you go on as a family, we’ve got some top tips to give your kids more freedom which’ll help grow their independence, support their learning and, more than anything, let you all have great fun. Check them out:
1. Let them pack their own bags
Start things the right way by giving your kids more freedom early on. To make them feel fully involved and excited about their trip, the 101 of how to fly with children suggests getting them their own bag to pull onto the plane. Fill in with much needed time-killers (like activity or colouring books) and let them choose a book of choice and a favourite toy.
2. Give them a day to plan
To engage the curiosity and imagination of your kids, let them choose an activity for one of your days away. Share ideas with them to kick-start the process and browse the internet together to see what sparks their interest – whether that’s trying out something new together, visiting somewhere iconic, or a family-favourite activity. Book early to avoid disappointment.
3. Push yourself
If you’re not ready to set up rendezvous points for everyone to return to within a reasonable timeframe and allow your kids to adventure on their own, Everyday Family recommend setting an eyeshot (or earshot) approach. Let your children roam ahead or behind of you, but ask them to ask within your line of sight or hearing distance. Try not to interfere if they’re happy roaming and exploring at their own pace.
4. Give them financial independence
Without a doubt, your kids will see a souvenir, activity or even just an ice cream they want during your holiday. Instead of having to come and ask your permission every time, why not give them their own holiday allowance. It’s a way of overseeing what your kids are spending, without cramping their style.
It’s a great way of teaching them about the importance of money management and you could even give them holiday savings goal to top up their holiday budget before you head off.
Giving your kids more freedom is daunting, but it’s essential to loosen the reins as they grow up. How much freedom you decide is, of course, up to you – but hopefully these ideas will help you with your upcoming holiday. What other ways do you encourage their independence on holiday? Share your tips and experiences with us.