I recently read some that totally blew me away – it reported that vacations were much better than gifts – and that experiences are equally better than toys.
There is a good reason that kids long for the beach, and one of the reasons is because it creates bonds with kids… unbreakable bonds that come only from the family spending time together.
That’s not all, kids also loved camp – they love everything about it. There are several things you can do with your family on vacation such as cooking over a campfire, playing cards, and exploring the new area.
For example, my family went to the beach a couple of times per year. I love everything about the beach. I love running on the beach (even though I detest running). I love looking out into the water. I love bike riding, finding coral we can take home to serve as a reminder, and also finding shells with the kids.
Regardless of where you’re going, provided you make it a memorable, and fun experience. This can be done by being totally involved with your family. Discovering fun things to do together, finding new breathtaking stuffs to show them, and building a solid bond that will last forever.
According to Oliver James, a best-selling author psychologist, “children value family holidays, both for the moment and subsequently in their memory.” He further goes on to explain that “It’s all about sharing ice cream and moments of time where your interests are sincerely taken into consideration, and talking garbage with your parents. Therefore, if you’re going to really spend money on anything, it’s pretty obvious which option makes a lot more sense.”
And have this in mind: Traveling with your children can equally be valuable to the development of their brain. This is simply because, according to Dr. Margot Sunderland, child psychotherapist, “a developed environment provides new experiences that are strong in physical, cognitive, social, and sensory interaction, combined.”
Think about walking together via the forest, toasting marshmallows on campfire, touching long tall grasses flourishing in the wind, hanging out under a warm sun, feeling sand together between the toes, and family together in the pool. All this can indeed be an awesome and remarkable experience for the kids.
Various researches have repeatedly proven that “regardless of the fact that we’re often purchasing more stuff, most adults indeed regard experiences such as traveling as far more satisfying. According to James, children are no different. It’s only that they cherish different characteristic of that travel.
James further stated that “parents, jumping over waves, playing badminton on the beach, building sandcastles. It all seems like fun, but it’s equally “attachment play”, and it’s very critical for family bonding. Moreover, attachment play equally improves self-esteem, conveying to a child the psychological message: “You have my complete attention – I delight in you – I delight in spending time with you.”
Finally, the toys you bought for them are fun and exciting… the interesting video games help to keep them busy. Those latest movies will entertain them, but your kids won’t ever recall their favorite day of TV. Take them on vacation.