“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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