Even in the UK, it literally takes a village to care for a toddler. I find it is much easier to have more than one person around. If you can, plan to go out with someone who can help you manage the challenges. Taking the family on holiday is also another great way to ensure you have help around.
Toilet trips, handling meltdowns, and changing their clothes several times a day can become exhausting. Not to mention the endless stories, because it takes toddlers six minutes to explain a one-minute story (cute, but also exhausting!).
I wanted to discuss some top reasons why you should consider taking family members with you, especially when traveling abroad
There is nothing better than having everyone together, to create memories and have those photos hanging on your wall for years to come. The memories you create on family holidays will be ingrained in your memory and talked about for a long time.
Imagine not having your family with you. Whilst it isn’t always practical to take the family – maybe you’re not that close, or it’s just not an option. That said, If you can, consider it.
Help with childcare
During our recent holiday, we managed two separate nights out, alone. It was what we needed whilst on holiday. Thankfully, my parents are great at helping out with childcare.
Maybe you want to do an activity you previously did together before having children. Or just enjoy some peace on the balcony on your holiday.
If you can, utilise family and ask for help.
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As humans, we naturally feel well when the sun is shining and we have very little stress to contend with. Some of it is scientific – vitamin D. And I genuinely think the sunshine just helps you feel well mentally.
I want these benefits for myself, my child, and my wider extended family. It’s a great reason to bring them alone for the ride.
A break away from everything, in new surroundings can do you the world of good.
I also want my family to experience this. Having a shared experience like this is what makes such fantastic memories.
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If you follow any of my blogs, you may have noticed I love taking photos. Every wall at home is covered with picture frames and yes, I am that person in a restaurant asking the waiter to take a group photo. But I’m also the person gifting amazing photobooks and framed pictures for special occasions. All of this wouldn’t be possible without the awkward photo requests!
We wouldn’t want family members left out of the amazing holiday photos. And the obligatory airplane pictures.
Social and emotional development for children
My little one progressed massively in the 10 days we were on holiday. Both with speech and confidence.
Whilst I love nursery and the valuable lessons it teaches them. There is nothing better for their development than being surrounded by and encouraged by family members.
When staying in a hotel or apartment block, you can’t avoid the fact you will be eating out a lot. We booked a bed & breakfast and our little one was soon interacting with the restaurant staff as if they were family. In the evening she had to sit down for a meal and adopt a certain etiquette. All of which were great for her development.
For the meltdown moments, we had grandparents’ on hand to help out – we have already booked the next break away with them!