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We talk a lot about family vacations on OurFamilyWorld. Where to go, what to see, how to have cheap family vacations that don’t feel cheap. They all have one very important thing in common, though: the word “family.” While family can be many different things: from a single mom and her son (like me!) to a huge blended family with six kids on each side, it’s always about love and a unique bond. Vacations are a time to celebrate that love and renew that bond! So what do your kids really want when it comes to summer vacation? YOU! At least that’s what Kid President discovered!
Kid Presidents Finds Out What Kids Want Out of Summer Vacation
Kid President, the uber-cute and incredibly well-spoken self-appointed representative of kids everywhere, took to the YouTube Airwaves in a video that debuted on the Today Show and was hosted on SoulPancake to tell parents what kids really want out of summer vacation. Take a look, it’s really enlightening!
What did we learn? Our kids want US for summer vacation! Our time, our attention. I admit, as a single mom, I have a hard time giving my son undivided attention because I’m always working to support us. When I take a day off to do something with him, it’s important to make sure I’m THERE with him. Taking your child to an amusement park isn’t the same thing as riding the rides with them. Going to the pool and sitting in a chair all day reading isn’t the same as actually swimming with them.
If a long getaway together isn’t in the budget or the work schedule, you can still spend time with your kids this summer. Try one of these:
- Turn off the phone and get out the board games. Spend a few hours playing all your child’s favorites. Get on the floor and really BE there while you play. Don’t make lists in your head or think about what you’re going to do after.
- Watch a movie together. On the same couch, snuggling, sharing snacks. Let your child talk to you about the characters and plot without shushing him. There’s a big difference between watching a movie in the same room and actually watching it together.
- Have a water fight! My son and I love cooling down with water blasters during the summer. It’s 20 minutes of togetherness before I have to go back to work, but it’s undivided attention.
- Take a moonlight stroll. It’s too hot during the day to walk around the block, so go when it cools down at night. Talk about how different things look in the moonlight.
If you do take an extended family vacation, make it a WHOLE-Vacation by spending time WITH your kids, not just scheduling things for them to do without you. As Kid President says, ordering room service is nice and all, but it’s not what kids really want out of summer vacation. They want YOU, down in the sand building sand castles with them, swimming in the ocean and making real memories. Those memories will mean as much to you as they do to your kids as you watch your children grow up.
How do you spend quality time with your kids during summer vacation? Tell us in the comments!