How do you balance kids’ fun with few relaxing moments for you? Is that possible?
From the moment you start travelling with your kids, they are your main priority. You choose the location, the activities, the place to stay only based on what is the best for them, thinking that if they are not fully satisfied and comfortable, you will suffer too. Still, you – parents – need your own moments of relaxation. So how do you balance kids’ fun with few moments for yourself?
One idea would be to have a trip, even a short one, just for you. But most of the times you lack the budget or the time for it or you don’t have someone trustworthy enough to leave the children with. Also, spending quality time with your little ones is very important, so you will most definitely travel together.
But I believe there are ways of balancing your kids’ needs with at least few hours of relaxation. Here are two ideas my husband and I use:
- If you are travelling with another family with children (or without, even better!), you can agree that you will take care of their kids for a few hours and then they will return the favor. Maybe you will say that having to babysit not only your little ones, but a bunch of energy-full kids, is extremely complicated, but if you are inventive enough it will be fine. You can choose to stay with them during their afternoon nap or after dinner, you can involve them in some group activities (for example: make a puzzle, play cards, build a sand castle, stage a play, etc.) and the time will fly.
- Find a playground or an activity center where your children are not only supervised by qualified personnel, but also involved in some educational activities, sports, arts and they will have fun. Don’t always count on finding this type of service at the hotel (although many will offer it), but search in advance the Internet to see what are the available options. You will be surprised how many such places are opened and you can see the scheduled workshops for the period you will be travelling. This way you will be able to choose those activities that best fit your children’s age, character and taste.
No matter the option you go for, always leave a phone number where you can be reached in emergency cases, give all relevant details about your kids (in case they have any allergy or they are under medication), and enjoy your moments! You deserve them! And such times of comfort make us more relaxed, more sympathetic to our kids’ needs and droll, happier together.
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