*This is a guest post.
The pressure of the school year is upon families now. Since summer vacation ended, the daily chaotic family routine returned and so does the stress involved. Instead of dwelling on whether or not the kids are doing homework at this moment, find a little time to look ahead at the future.
As a mother, it’s essential to find time for yourself and family to get away from the daily pressures, stress, and schedule throughout the year to relax and recuperate. Most families don’t go on winter vacations, but maybe it’s time you start considering one for your family’s wellness.
The break away from the local community and school might give you all the needed rest and separation for a successful second half of the school year. You might think it’s too early to consider winter vacation, but it’s never early enough to start planning to save money with a tight family budget.
Reflect on these reasons why a family winter vacation is important and attainable.
- 1. Better Family Bonding
Why do you plan family vacations? Yes, it may exist as a time for the whole family to escape the reality of their lives and relax in a unique setting such as a beach or ski resort. But it’s also an important time for family bonding. Parents and children need their separation. On a family winter vacation there should be time for the parents to spend time for one another.
Even though you may see one another on a daily basis, that doesn’t mean you communicate, interact, or even grow closer as a family.
Use the winter vacation week to grow closer as a family. The separation from winter sports, friends, school, and work gives parents and families that opportunity.
- 2. Educate Your Children
Education and vacation seem to be polar opposites. Education could include visiting museums, learning about a specific culture or historical town, or even discovering how to snowboard and ski. Use the winter vacation time to teach your children something new and exciting.
Perhaps it’s a good idea to visit a historical city and visit museums. The winter weather doesn’t affect you indoors. Eat new exotic food at restaurants. Taste the local cuisine. Eating is always a learning experience that gives you a closer look into the local customs of a region or country.
Maybe planning a family ski or snowboard trip might be the most attractive option. Learning a challenging sport helps to build character, determination, and it may draw you and your children closer to one another. Perhaps it’s time to start looking at snowboards from Dogfunk.com. Giving the gift of a winter sport item might encourage them to stay active and get excited about the winter vacation.
- 3. Teach Children About Saving Money
Involve the children with planning the winter vacation. Give them something to look forward to. Give them incentive to work hard in school and at home for the family trip. Also, teach them about how planning ahead saves money.
Employ their tech savvy skills to search hotel, motel, and resort rates/deals for the coming winter months. Encourage them to check lift ticket, tours, and other activity prices. Provide them with a proposed budget and see if they can contribute their efforts to helping plan an awesome vacation. This teaches them about prudent and organized financial planning.
*Abby Evan is a freelance journalist currently writing about family wellness and education. Connect with her on Twitter.
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