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If you’ve ever tried vacation with littles, you understand how much work that is. Just thinking about packing for a small army makes you want to skip family vacation all together.
My family is vacationing at the beach this week. We headed out a couple days before the Tiny Tornado, Baby Cakes, and their frazzled parents arrived.
My daughter, the Little Mama, sent this text, “It’s so much work to pack for kids.”
Yep. It sure is. I agree one thousand million percent.
But it’s still important. Establishing family vacation early on means building a tradition that will last throughout the duration of your family.
Ever since 2001 we’ve taken our kids to the beach. 3 girls, 1 boy, 1 RV, and lots of memories.
Rounds of miniature golf, boogie boarding in the ocean, countless Trouble tournaments, ice cream runs, and fireworks every night. A camper stuffed full of kids, family arguments, and too many inside jokes to recall.
This week finds us down to the last two kids. We listened to all our old favorites on the trek here – from Billy Joel’s Piano Man to Tim Mcgraw’s Sky Diving to George Strait’s Carrying your love with me.
And we missed our son, now living a couple states away, and our oldest, the Little Mama.
In the next few years, I expect the family dynamic to change even more drastically. And may I just say that I do not look forward to that change with anticipation.
It’s not only hard for me, it’s also hard for the kids. They miss the days of carefree camaraderie. They miss the sweetness of what once was. But they look back with fondness on those days, and that lets me know we did something right.
Take your kids on vacation, parents. It doesn’t have to be spectacular. Get a tent and visit your nearest state park. Go fishing and roast marshmallows under the stars.
Let your kids know you want to spend time with them. Make memories and laugh and just hang out.
All too soon they’ll be gone. Invest wisely, and when they’re grown, they’ll still wanna hang with you.
Do you have plans for family vacation this year?
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