What isn’t there to love about a family vacation? I know I adored them when I was growing up, even though my siblings would occasionally annoy me. Planning a getaway when you have children, though, isn’t the same as when it was just you and your spouse. Although you may be used to keeping an eye on your child with a cell phone tracker when they’re at school, it’s completely different when you’re in an entirely new location. What questions should you ask yourself when you want to plan a family vacation with your child?
Will It Be Something They’ll Enjoy?
I’m sure you and your spouse have different ideas of fun than your child does. If you’re planning a vacation that includes the whole family, make sure it’s something everyone will like. You might enjoy modern art museums, but your 7-year-old might not. It won’t be a rewarding getaway if your child is uninterested in the attractions and paying more attention to their cell phone instead. While you can use a cell phone tracker to see what they’re up to, doesn’t it make more sense to pick a destination they’ll like?
Will They Be Old Enough To Remember The Experience?
While my siblings and I wanted to travel since we were very young, my parents decided to wait until we were a little older. And I’m glad they did. I have so many fond memories of visiting Massachusetts, Florida, New York, California, and so many other states with my family. I learned firsthand about towns and regions that were completely different from Nevada, where I’ve lived all my life. These are the kind of memories that your child will want to remember forever.
Will It Interfere With Their Schoolwork?
As a teacher, I’ve never understood why parents pull their children out of school to go on vacation. Sure, flights may be cheaper or Disney World might be less crowded, but it really puts your child at a disadvantage. If they miss a week of school, it could take them a while to catch up. Sometimes I’m able to cover an entire social studies unit in a week! Ultimately, they may not understand the material as well as they could have if they were physically present in class. And even if you use a cell phone tracker to limit their tech time, they might feel overwhelmed by the amount of work they need to complete.
I hope my insight has guided you a bit. I think quality family time is extremely valuable, and I can usually see the benefits in my students’ grades. Do you have any input on this topic? Or do you maybe disagree with what I have to say? Get in touch with me!