As children grow up, they and their parents tend to grow apart. It’s an unfortunate fact but remains the truth, and many parents struggle to recall the closeness they and their children once shared. Of course you can wait until they come around again; most children eventually come back to adoring their parents and once they move out of home the relationship often becomes a lot easier again. But if you’d like to keep on bonding, then taking a parent-child holiday could be just what the doctor ordered.
Of course, you’re going to have to resign yourself to the fact that your other children will feel hard done-to, and it can be a good idea to start planning parent-child holidays with them, too. In fact, the process of planning the holiday can be as much of a bonding experience as the trip itself – so don’t deny them that pleasure and ensure you work together towards finding and plotting the perfect holiday for you and your small companions.
The idea behind parent-child holidays is not to be immensely expensive or outlandish. Your main goal is to spend some time one-on-one with your child, and that can be done anywhere. Look at destinations your budget can handle, and as soon as you’ve made a choice it’s time to hit the internet.
Buy a lever-arch file and start keeping your holidays plans in there. Your son or daughter can help you look online for things to do – local sights to see, museums to visit, activities to participate in. Print off the most interesting one and stick them in the lever-arch file. Keep a running tally of the amount of money you’ll need, and get a piggy bank to stick some money in on a regular basis. Regardless of whether you allow your child to contribute monetarily, allowing them to stick in a twenty-pound note whenever you can afford it helps them to feel involved in the process.
Make sure you’re able to take plenty of photos when you go on holiday. An excellent option, albeit a slightly outdated one, is to buy a few disposable cameras and making sure your child has a heavy hand in deciding what to take a picture of. A more up-to-date alternative is a cheap digital camera with plenty of memory in terms of SD-RAM cards. Whether or not your child is of an age and a temperament to handle that with care is, of course, up to you.
In today’s world, couples retreats and family holidays are very popular. However, singling out each of your children in turn and treating them to the benefit of going on holiday alone with one of their parents allows you an incomparable bonding experience that will build precious memories both you and they will cherish forever.