Four Ways To Make Your Next Family Trip A Success For Everyone
Dealing with the wants and needs of a full family isn’t easy on a daily basis. When it comes to taking them somewhere on a vacation, then it becomes even more difficult. However, it’s not impossible. With the right research and a bit of preparation, you can make sure your next destination is much more successful than you’ve ever been before. Not just for the kids, but for you, too.
Taking the stress out of the trip
The first way to make yourself a bit happier is by getting a lot of the organizational stuff out of the way. Make it less stressful on yourself. Prepare a checklist of everything you need to take with you. Sites like http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/family/articles/your-family-travel-packing-list can help you with that. Do your research on places you can eat and stay well in advance of even booking it.
Dealing with toddlers
When you’re trying to keep a family on a vacation, you need to keep everyone safe and happy. For older kids, this can get at least a bit more manageable. Toddlers, however, require a bit of preparation all on their own. For instance, toddlers can be overwhelmed by airports and airplanes. Their tantrum isn’t entirely their fault, but it can make the journey a lot worse for them. Giving them a new toy to engage and play with can go a long way in taking their mind off their surroundings. Encourage your child to socialize under your supervision, too. Toddlers can be wary of new experiences so just be prepared for that.
Find that one big attraction everyone’s going to love
It can be difficult to keep everyone happy on a trip. Each stop or thing you do is going to be boring for at least one person or another. That’s why you should do your research on the locations that the whole family will enjoy. http://gogocharters.com/blog/why-disney-absolutely-owns-the-travel-industry-in-america can help. It’s a map that shows some of the most popular destinations for families by state. With no surprise, Disney ranks the highest for a lot of states. But you might think your family would prefer something different.
You don’t have to break the bank
One thing that’s definitely going to make you happy is not spending way more than you planned. Start by putting together a budget based on research of how much things cost in your destination. Then find lots of little ways to save money there. That way you can spend more on the big things that really make the trip. For example, one thing you can do is make a big, main meal out of lunch. Restaurants in tourist destinations tend to charge up to 30% during lunch hours than they do for the evening dinner. There are lots of little ways you can cut down those costs.
Balancing a trip for everyone has its difficulties. We hope that the four tips above make it a bit easier to do this time. No trip is ever perfect, of course, but the little trials can make it more memorable in their own way.
4 Fun Ideas to Keep Your Teenagers Entertained
When kids are little, they seem a little easier to entertain. You can give them a cardboard box, and they will keep busy with it for hours. They make it into a fort, a car, and even a spaceship. Ever tried doing the same thing with teenagers? Yes, it’s not going to happen! Teens have a longer attention span than toddlers and can quite often just keep themselves to themselves. It isn’t good to just leave them to get on with things for too long, though, right? So how do you keep them entertained over summer?
Help Them to Earn Money
When they are the right age, they can get a proper summer paid summer job. When they are in their early teens, it can be a little trickier. There are still some things that they can do, though. They could babysit for people in the neighborhood. With all the kids home for the summer, I’m sure there will be parents that would welcome a regular babysitter! They could mow the lawn or do gardening. Some older neighbors might be able to help contribute, or they could do these types of jobs at home. They could deliver phone books or catalogs with you too. If they are able to earn a little cash, they can put it towards something that they want. Teaching the value of money and work is so important.
Arrange Day Trips
Unlike toddlers, after a certain age, teenagers can be left by themselves. So if there is a group of them, and all parents approve, they could take a day trip somewhere. To start with it might just be an afternoon trip to the mall. It could be to a water park or a zoo. How about a treat of some theme park tickets? I don’t know many teens that wouldn’t enjoy that for a day out. If you want to go with them, then of course go for it. They might have something to say about it, though!
Plan a Party
I don’t think you need to have an excuse to have a party, but you could come up with one if you need to. They could have a movie party, a garden party, a BBQ or just something like a pizza party. When things are organized with teens, it leads to a much better experience. If they are left to themselves, they could just watch the world go by and spend the summer on Facebook. So helping them to organize a party with friends will be a great idea.
Being able to appreciate the great outdoors and nature is a great thing for teens to learn. So if you don’t have a vacation planned this summer, how about arranging a camping trip? If there aren’t means to go far away to camp, you could even just have the camp in your backyard. You could take a hike, cook s’mores and then enjoy a night under the stars. It would be nice doing it as a family too.
Roadside Help On Summer Travels
Summer is here and that means lots of traveling. Short trips, like 45 minutes to the beach, and longer ones for track meets, visiting family, camping and more. Having a car with almost 200,000 miles on it means I always worry about break down. Having roadside assistance is a good way of having a little assurance that if I do break down I can rely on help. Flat tires, car problems that can’t be fixed immediately, out of gas, etc. These are things that happen and are often unforeseen. I’m glad I have protection.
Don’t Be Stranded
Good Sam Roadside Assistance is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This isn’t only in California either. If I’m anywhere in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico or the U.S. Virgin Islands they will come to my aid with my car or even a fifth wheel, camper, boat trailer, etc.
- Going camping for 4th of July and the RV gets a flat.
- Driving across the states to a family reunion and you lock your keys in the car at a reststop.
- A driver has a medical emergency while on a trip and needs a hospital or doctor referral.
How To Use Good Sam Roadside Assistance
- Once you’re a member, call the dispatch phone number from a safe location. They’ll need your membership number, expiration date and the phone number you are calling from.
- Describe the location, provide an address and give details on the vehicle you are driving.
- Give as much detail as possible on what is wrong with the car.
- They will dispatch assistance and tell you the approximate time of arrival.
Things I really like about Good Sam Roadside Assistance
Quick and easy to use.
They provide more miles than most competitors. Good Sam offers tows, regardless of the number of miles, to the nearest network service center.
They will cover more areas, including all of the US.
They provide family coverage at no additional costs.
Right now Good Sam Roadside Assistance is offering a sizzling summer time promo for new members.
How To Prepare Your Kids For Moving Day
Moving house is one of the most stressful events a family can go through. Whether you’re moving to another city or just a few miles away, it’s a tough time for all involved. Kids, in particular, have a tough time coming to terms with a house move. This huge change can be scary for them, and this can often lead to tears and tantrums. This is understandably the last thing you need on moving day. To make your move go as smoothly as possible, you need to get your kids prepared. So whether you have young children or teenagers, use the following suggestions to make your move less stressful.
Let them visit the new house
Taking your kids to visit their new home ahead of the move is an excellent way of getting them prepared in advance. This takes all of the mystery out of where they will be living which can help them feel more relaxed. You can also let them choose their rooms and visit nearby attractions they might enjoy. This will give you all the chance to discover more about the area you are moving to. Do some research together online beforehand to get further details on local attractions as well as directions. For instance, if you read this from Taylor Estate Agents you’ll see that Cardiff Bay has a bowling alley and cinema. This will show your kids some of the many benefits your family will gain by moving house.
Listen to their concerns
While you will understandably be very busy in the run up to your move, take the time to talk to your kids about it. This is the perfect opportunity for them to voice their concerns and for you to answer their questions. They may be confused as to why you are moving and need reassurance. Or they could be worried about starting at new school and making new friends. Talking about it before moving day will reduce their anxiety. It also gives you the chance to find ways of helping them. You could throw a moving house party or sign them up to a youth group that’s near to your new home. This will make it easier for them to adjust and come around to the idea.
Let them pack a moving bag
Letting your child pack a moving bag is another way of getting them prepared. They can include their favorite toys, snacks, a tablet, and clothes. This will be ideal for the car journey to the new house as well as providing entertainment during the unpacking stage. Having familiar things around them will also make their new rooms feel less bare and intimidating. Make them responsible for packing their bag and keeping it safe. This will help them to feel more involved and feel like they are helping you out.
Kids are more resilient and adaptable than they are often given credit for. Get them involved in any way you can to make moving house an exciting prospects instead of a scary one. That way you can all settle into your new home, and it’s surroundings far easier.
2016 CHN California Homeschool Conference
I’ve been homeschooling for over 11 years now and this will be my second homeschool conference I’ll be attending. The last one was about 10 years ago. Every year I intend to go and never get around to figuring out the details in time. But now that I have teens (and there are a LOT of teen activities at this conference) I decided it would be great for me to attend and bring the kids. Whether you are on the fence about attending a homeschool conference, have been a few, have never homeschooled but want to learn more, unschool, homeschool with a public charter.. this conference is for all of you. Bring your spouse and kids and check out all the fun! As for me, I want to ‘fill my cup’ on some new homeschooling wisdom and learn more about homeschooling in high school and making sure my kids are on the right path getting to college.
Right now there is only 3 days left to register… so do it now by clicking here California Homeschool Registration.
Online registration ends June 19th. At-the-door prices will be higher (signup now and save your money for other important things, like checking out the used curriculum sale).
Why You Should Attend
- Learn about homeschooling.
- Connect with hundreds of other homeschool parents.
- Have fun with likeminded people.
- Shop the used curriculum sale.
- Let your kids have fun at all sorts of age appropriate activities.
- Check out the speakers. Seasoned homeschoolers, homeschool advocates and more.
- Check out the sessions. Sign yourself up and your kids up in sessions that perk your interest.
- Attend a family dance.
- Crafts, family fun, Star Wars Day and more.
My son is dying to attend the Star Wars Day. (No, I’m not surprised). Dress up, dress as you want, just be yourself.
You can book a room at the hotel too. Be nearby and attend 2-3-4 days at the conference! The whole thing is once a year and runs Thursday-Sunday.
If you missed the deadline to register you can still register at the door. The Expo website will still be up of course, as well as the Schedule website, which we’ll keep up to date.