August 23, 2009
Is Your Family Vacation...Kid-Friendly?
During our last family trip of the summer, I had a blast listening to what made my kids excited and happy about traveling. I've concluded that while grownups might be interested in sightseeing, kids are much more interested in sightdoing. Here are some translations between the vacation priorities of kids and adults that I've come up with...
Adult: beautiful beaches
Child: sand castles, shell collections, beach swings
Adult: local culture
Child: cousins, friends or playmates
Adult: scenic drive
Child: story time
Adult: historic buildings or sculptures
Child: something to climb on
Adult: nature hikes
Child: flowers, cool rocks, and balance beams
Adult: hotel amenities
Child: pool with waterslide
Adult: rest and relaxation
Child: play and pretend
Adult: family together time
Child: nice, happy parents that aren't constantly telling me to behave
OK kids, I think I get it. I'll keep up the sightdoing - but as soon as I hear any whining, it's no deal.
Cheers to your family travels - I hope you have many great memories to take with you!