4. Know where you are going. Have a map. Plug in the address into the GPS. Get directions but don’t just figure it out on the way. Getting lost or not knowing where to go for the destination leads to undo stress. Which could lead to arguing. Which could get everyone in a bad mood before you even reach the vacation site. So know where you are going so that you can eliminate the destination question: Are we there yet?
5. Be spontaneous. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Let the kids pick an activity. Let your hair down and just play. The more you play with your kids the more they will know that you are fun. You are cool. The more they will want to be with you. And the better you will feel about being with them. Do something you wouldn’t normally do – parasail, volunteer at the magic show, sing karaoke. I promise those will be the moments your children will remember for years.
6. Eat dessert every night. Nothing says summer vacation than treats. Let them have treats. You have treats. Don’t worry about calories or sugar content or teeth brushing. Vacation is special. It’s meant to indulge. And treat. And giggle. And be sticky. Ice cream at home is not the same as ice cream on vacation. Or ordering dessert at a restaraunt. Order dessert and splurge and let your kids feel special.