The Key to Enjoying Your Next Family Vacation
Ah, the family vacation. The thought of a family vacation either scares you or excites you. I find for myself (and most people) it is a little of both. In an effort to assist my fellow parents, I have one key thought to take with you before embarking on any adventure with the family. I know what you are thinking, “It has to be something like patience, money, an ejector seat that automatically jettisons a child after the fifth time of asking, ‘Are we there yet!?’,” right? Wrong! Although the ejector seat does deserve consideration and certain logistics would have to be figured out – Do we have to pick them up later? Does the seat contain a GPS and snacks in order for them to find their way back home? These are good ideas, but no, that is not what I’m going to talk about here. (I’ll save that idea for another post!)
For any family trip we as parents have to pack a selective memory. It’s true! Bringing a selective memory on the next family vacation will help you to vividly remember the fun parts like that ride the children went on that had them squealing in delight or the picture posing in front of that water park or the picture with everyone’s head cutoff that will be talked about 15 years from now. Your selective memory will also help you to not recall the fact that one of your children went to the deep end even though you told them not to and they almost drowned while screaming your name thus helping you win the ‘Parent of the Year’ award as well as dirty looks from other parents (bonus!). Additionally, you won’t really be able to recall that part of the vacation where squeals of delight were actually of terror as your child was actually screaming to get off which she should not have gotten on the ride to begin with but begged and begged and against better judgment you let her get on (fun, memories AND trauma!). Using your selective memory instead will help everyone to look back and fondly remember those days and places and miss the moments that weren’t very pleasant. I promise. So just make sure ‘selective memory’ is on the packing list and enjoy the ride that is the family vacation.
Share your tips and tricks to having a successful family vacation with us!
Til next time,
A Fellow Dad on His Parenthood Journey Too!