Wednesday, 23 December 2015

How to stop arguing with kids, teenagers and your partner on your fun days out. You can stop now!

I love family days out. Where do you go on family days out? I like to go ice-skating, different attractions, cinema  and the theatre. Some people like going to see relatives, hiking or camping. Whichever activity you select, make it as stress free  and fun as possible.

Family days out are a wonderful chance to spend quality family time together. It’s a great time to talk to children and teenagers and exchange ideas, thoughts and plans. Communication is always good when all the family are relaxed and enjoying being away from stressful work, school or college. Even for stay-at-home mums and dads it can be a wonderful break away from the norm. It's important to keep the communication lines open, and a family holiday is a good time to do that. Often when a young person has a good relationship with their parents it ensures that they are well grounded and keeps safe and wise in the big wide world! After all, we cannot be with our children every minute of the day and so we need them have skills which makes them independent and resilient to the challenges of everyday life.  Eating together and family holidays together means more quality time. It has been shown that those who eat together, stay together.

Although family holidays are a great time to have fun and get to know your children and family better, the issue of poor communication may still lurk in the background. It is important, especially with teenagers, to listen and be flexible. Find out what the children and teenagers would like to do and eat and plan accordingly.

Plan together so everyone is part of what things to do. While even teenagers need boundaries, it is important for parents to try to avoid needless confrontation. Explain why you make the decisions you do and show them positive attention. Kids and teenagers will appreciate being included in travel plans. Their choice of destination may not be what you want to do, but there is no harm in being adventurous and flexible – you all will have a chance to select what you want to at some stage!

Teenagers may opt to go to a theme park or ice-skating, there is no reason why the entire family cannot give it a try! This sort of negotiation and consideration will go a long way to strengthening your bond with your children, it might even earn you some kudos! Try and help teenagers that are being uncooperative or behaving in a manner that is causing a problem, by dealing with them sensitively. Do not make a scene; calmly talk  to them away from others. Young adults are very aware of being embarrassed, so it is important to be sensitive towards them and avoid unnecessary confrontation. It is a good idea to explain to them how their behaviour embarrasses you, and they might endeavour to be more cooperative.

Kids will be happier on family vacations if they have snacks, drinks, and entertainment as not many children enjoy lengthy journeys. Take along as many items that will provide entertainment such as, board games, cards and videos to play - if you have a portable CD player. Some children enjoy mapping out the journey and following the route can keep them occupied and stem boredom. This not only keeps them occupied,  but also is a wonderful learning experience – as they are learning navigation skills.

By following these suggestions, you can make happy memories on your family days out. Have fun!

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