6 mistakes to avoid on summer vacation

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – It’s Parenting Connection Tuesday and 6 News is here for you with helpful tips, strategies and reminders from child development experts on how we can be better parents and caregivers.

Today’s topic: 6 mistakes to avoid during summer vacation.

July is the most popular vacation month, with nearly half of families planning a trip this month, but whether it’s by plane, train, or car… it’s not easy with kids. They’re rarely helpful or appreciative, and then there are all the other “unknowns” that can turn what should be a pleasant time into a miserable experience. That said, child development experts highly recommend a family vacation, at least once a year.

According to Parents.com, family trips create lifelong memories, provide the family with new perspectives, and have been linked to increased happiness and creativity in children. That’s pretty great, and it’s a goal every parent wants to achieve… so here are 6 summer vacation mistakes to avoid to hopefully achieve that goal:

  • Avoid a vacation that doesn’t include everyone’s interests. Experts say that not taking this into account will surely lead to detachment.
  • Avoid over-packing your days. Experts say you don’t want to end up wanting to take a vacation. Take plenty of time off and enjoy being together.
  • Avoid not carrying enough medication, especially if it is prescribed.
  • Avoid not bringing enough drinks and snacks. Kids are always hungry and thirsty, and it will turn into a nightmare if you are not prepared with food in the car or on the plane.
  • Don’t stop doing your research. Know where things are, how much they might cost, and what to expect when you arrive.
  • Avoid not having a family vacation plan that includes a meeting about hypothetical scenarios, hopes and expectations.