Ahh, vacation! Whether you’re lying on the beach, exploring a new city, or catching up on much needed rest, everyone loves a good vacation. But, what about vacationing with children? How is it different than vacationing with my family or just my husband?
This momma was in for a surprise on her first family vacation with a five month old.
I’m not even sure I’d call it a vacation. Honestly, it felt more like a “trip”. I’ve heard the saying, “Vacationing with children is just parenting in a different city.” And, now I get it. It was a challenge trying to maintain our daughter’s normal schedule. We didn’t want to take her outside during the heat of the day. Our sleeping patterns were altered. I have to admit, I was in a pretty sour mood the first couple days.
What happened to the vacations where my toughest decision was whether I wanted to go to the beach or the pool?
There were literally a few days on my so-called “vacation to paradise” that I stayed in the condo all day. Some vacation, huh?
Here’s the truth: my first vacation as a mom revealed my selfish tendencies. Ouch. No one wants to deal with that. I was expecting vacation to be all about what I wanted to do. And, that’s why I was in a bad mood the first couple days. Things were not going my way. After an honest talk with my husband and lots of prayer, I began settling into my new vacation routines as a mom.
Even though every day of vacation wasn’t easy, it was definitely worth it. It was a joy to experience new things through my daughter’s eyes! Her first airplane ride. Her first time feeling sand between her toes and her first time in the ocean. I will cherish these little moments forever. Plus, we got a lot of great family time without the stresses of work interfering.
Here are a few tips I wish I would have considered before my first vacation as a mom:
- Lower Your Expectations. Even before we went on vacation, I started planning what our days would look like. When those things didn’t happen, I got frustrated. Do yourself a favor and embrace a go-with-the-flow attitude.
- Don’t Stress the Schedule. It’s inevitable that your baby will get off schedule when traveling. And, that’s OK. Do your best and forget the rest, as they say.
- Enjoy the People Who Are with You. Vacation is more about who you’re with than what you do. Allow your little one to spend extended time with family.
- Do Kid-Friendly Activities. Try new activities that match your child’s age level. Explore your vacation destination from the POV of your little and see what they love.
- Vacation with Family And Friends. Extra hands on deck means you can sneak away for a date night or a nap!
The first vacation with a child is kind of shocking. There’s so much to learn when it comes to motherhood! How to vacation with children if just another box to check off the list.