Six Ways to De-Stress Your Next Family Vacation

Wednesday, June 20th marks the first day of summer! Many families may already be planning or looking forward to their summer vacations.

“Vacation stress” may sound like a contradiction in terms. But any kind of change even a fun one—can trigger stress. Add children to the mix, and you have a recipe for more work than relaxation. Some preplanning, however, can help keep everyone smiling – check out these easy tips:

  • Involve older children in decisions about where to go and what to do on vacation.
  • Let kids be kids. Plan at least one child-oriented activity a day, such as a visit to the zoo.
  • Don’t feel pressured to spend a lot of money.
  • Plan fewer activities than you think you have time for. Rushing to reach a destination or catch a flight can add unwelcome stress to your family vacation.
  • Schedule time for stress-busting naps and exercise along the way.
  • Accept that some arguments are a natural part of family life. To keep anger to a minimum, let your children win on minor issues that aren’t worth fighting over.

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