“Preparing to relax” sounds like an oxymoron; however, great holiday vacations take some preplanning. Whether or not your child’s time away from school will be spent on the road or around the house, a little forethought will ensure that everyone’s break will be fun, safe and enriching.
Although the holidays can be busy and stressful, it is important to remember to have fun. Plan some pleasurable events that will include the whole family, from the younger children to students home from college. Here is a short list of our ideas for relaxing and bonding activities:
- Look through old family albums, or watch videos of the children when they were younger.
- Drive around and look at holiday lights, rating them from “tasteful” to “tacky.”
- Have a family board game night, pulling out some old favorites such as Monopoly or Scrabble.
- Plan a meal together when each family member cooks a different dish.
- Volunteer together at a local hospital, soup kitchen or food bank.
With all the bustle of gifts and parties, rest and relaxation can sometimes be forgotten. Scheduling in time for fun with your children is the perfect way to create great family memories and traditions.