Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A little vacation planning insight...

So, the good people at Home Away brought it to my attention that this little gem of a video existed.

I have loved Kid President's videos for a long time. And this just made me love him a whole lot more!

The message of "Whole Vacations" is one we need so much nowadays. It's sad that it's come to that....to have to remind us parents that our technology and screens are interfering with time spent with family. But yeah, it's true.

We went away for a week in December. Me and the hubby and all the kids. It was a lot of work. But it was SO much fun. Leading up to that, OBear had been very clingy and I think it's because I hadn't been spending enough one-on-one time with him. Within a day or two of having me all to himself, the difference in his behaviour was amazing!

Hubs and I had talked ahead of time that on this vacation we were there to BE with the kids. We agreed to limit phone use to only taking pictures and sending the occasional email to family back home to let them know we were OK.

It was hard to stop ourselves from going on facebook, I was guilty of posting pictures and updates during OBear's naptime, but it wasn't so bad because the bigger kids were with Papa having fun, so I didn't feel guilty!

It's so tempting to feel that you have to plan elaborate excursions and outings. But that's just so stressful and in the end, it has the potential of backfiring and leading to no one having fun. Like one day we went on this Catamaran tour. We ended up so seasick and the beach was too wavy to enjoy. We can laugh about it now, but it was pretty awful.

I'm not saying to not go and experience some awesome outings...just think about them carefully before you book them. Take into account your kids ages, and what you're hoping to get out of it.

With younger kids, less is more!

They just want to play and hang out with us. Keeping it simple is definitely more fun.

Anyways, I had not seen this video until recently, so I wanted to share it with you.


Hope you enjoy it too!

PS This is just a true blue share of some awesome insight from Kid President (I haven't been paid or compensated in any way). If you then go and check Home Away out for yourself and enjoy the process, you can come back and say thanks in the comments ;-)

XO
Kat


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