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Useful Parenting Tips When on Holiday

Posted Oct 23 2012 8:20am

Children can be a handful at the best of times but with the added stresses of travelling, they can act out and play up making for an uncomfortable situation for not only you, but fellow travelers as well. Every child is different so there are not set rules as such when it comes to bringing up children. You need to find the right balance between discipline and respect to try and make sure that you bring up a considerate, polite and a moral child.

Choosing a good location

When looking to choose a location for your family holiday, you need to take into account what is on offer at the destination and also the travel time as well. Children generally have a short attention span and can get bored easily especially with long travel. By choosing a destination that is not too far away or by travelling at a time when the children would normally be sleeping, you can make the journey much more pleasant. Have you even been on a long flight with children who play up the entire flight? I have and it is not an enjoyable experience. Alternatively if you are looking to drive to the location, break the journey up a bit. Instead of getting there in one day, stop halfway and take a good rest.

The right time of year

Choosing the right time of year to go on holiday is also important. Depending on the age of your children it may be frowned upon to take the out of school in term time to go on holiday. However, if you go when the schools are on holiday you need to be prepared to pay quite a bit more for the same holiday. You also need to think of the weather in your chosen destination at the time of year you are planning to go. If the weather is miserable then you will have a much harder job of keeping the kids entertained all day as they have to play inside because it is raining. This is another reason why It is important to choose a destination with plenty of activities for you and the family, just n case you do get a few rainy days, if you choose a good location there will be things on offer inside away from the elements which will help keep the young ones entertained.

Dressing for the occasion

You also need to make sure that you take the right sort of clothes on holiday with you. For example, if you are going on a winter holiday to a warm destination, you need to make sure you have suitable clothes for not only the destination, but also while you are travelling as well. If going on an airplane, then it can get quite cool whilst travelling, it is also not a good idea to get back home from your holiday wearing shorts and T-Shirt if the weather is freezing when you get back. For all those expectant mums going on holiday, they need to make sure they take suitable maternity wear as they more susceptible to discomfort whilst travelling.

Tire them out

Make sure that you have lots of fun things to do during your days whilst on holiday and you can tire your children out giving you a bit more downtime during the evening. Most kids can amuse themselves for hours playing in a swimming pool or in the sea. Always make sure though that they have plenty of sunscreen on and drink plenty of fluids. Also do not let them play unsupervised in the water. Maybe a day out at a local amusement park will help to tire your little darlings out. It is surprising at how much walking you actually do when you go to an amusement park. Letting them stay up later is par for the course when on holiday, just do not let them sleep in too late though.

Making it fun

This is probably the most important thing you can do on holiday if you have kids. If you make things fun for them and do plenty of activities which they are interested in, you will make things a lot easier for everybody. This does not mean that you do not get to do what you want as well though, whether it be shopping, golf or just chilling out by the pool. Just make sure that you mix it up and have a variety of things to do with designated rest days where you can relax by the pool. This will help make sure that you have a great holiday for everybody to remember and your children are well behaved and make you proud.

This article was written by  Deane Schwarz  on behalf of Maternity Wear. Maternity Wear offers great value on a wide range of  maternity clothes  for women. Deane is an avid fashion blogger who enjoys writing about current trends for the various blogs she writes for.

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