Life has never been so busy and fast-paced that it is so easy to find an excuse to stay in the city instead of going on a holiday with our children. It was a good thing that my husband and I have agreed a long time ago, before we even had children, that family vacations will be a priority for us. Every month, we allot a certain amount for vacation expenses that goes into our savings so that when it is time to do it, we have the funds for it. Getting out of the routine is always good not only for the parents, but for the children as well. It gives us a chance to put aside the demands of our jobs, friends, in-laws, school and household management for a few days and focus on each other. Well that’s the goal. 🙂
Vacations don’t always have to be far and luxurious. The idea is to take a break from your normal routine. It was my husband’s birthday and we were so happy to be able to have a few days off to celebrate it in Anvaya, Zambales. Our kids have always loved the sand and the sea! We didn’t spend a lot. A friend allowed us to use his condo and most of the time, we cooked our meals.
Spending time together as a family strengthens our relationship with each other. The long car drive or the plane ride allows us to talk without the interruptions that we would normally face when we’re at home. As my husband would say, when we’re all in the car, our kids are our captured audience and we can talk to them about anything we want, and there’s no escape for them. Hehe 🙂
Vacations allow us to build memories with our kids… memories that deposit positive emotions in their hearts that will stay with them throughout their adult lives. Memories of time spent as a family make our children feel secure and confident. As i heard someone say, memories are the glue that bind the family.
And lastly, vacation is a stress reliever. Though for us moms, who do most of the work, and dads who do the long drives, it can still be tiring, the joy of hearing our kids’ excited screams and laughter as they get a glimpse of the shoreline, seeing them throw off their slippers and run through the sand , witnessing them have fun with each other for hours and hours swimming and digging, seeing their contented sun-kissed faces at the end of the day, I could go on and on… these are the things that take our stress away. Parents do have the best seats in the world. There is nothing more rewarding than watching our children enjoy themselves!
It does take a lot of effort, time and sometimes, money to go on a vacation. But it is an investment. It is an expense that yields exponential return on our relationships, on our physical bodies and mental and emotional health. So go ahead, take a break!