If you are planning a summer holiday with the whole family in your campervan, then the chances are that you have started to plan some daytime activities and found that pleasing everyone is a difficult business. The age range presents certain challenges as can your children’s differing tastes and interests. However, if you follow a few simple rules you will have a memorable trip for all the right reasons.
Keep them well fed
Don’t even think about leaving the van for more than a couple of hours without a supply of snacks and drinks. Children can go from angels to devils incredibly quickly if they start to get hungry and they won’t always fancy the local delicacies in any eateries you’re planning on stopping at. Pack things you know they love and will eat.
Keep it simple
As a parent it is tempting to think that your children want to spend their time trying crazy new things. However, most children prefer simple, quality time together. If the only thing you have planned for a day is constructing an interesting fortress of sand castles, then you are doing well and your kids will have a great time.
Learn to compromise
Every member of the family will have to compromise at some point. As a parent you may not get to see all the sights and do all the things you want to do and the children will also have to learn that not every moment will be spent doing the things that they want to do as well.
Keep them safe
Wouldn’t it be great if your kid learned to surf during your holiday? It would, but unfortunately kids learn things at their own pace and don’t develop any faster when they are away from home. It is normal to take bigger risks when you are away from home, but make sure you don’t accidentally push your children to take bigger than normal risks. Play it safe go at the pace they set.
Divide and conquer
Don’t feel ashamed to split up and do separate things. Provided you spend enough quality family time together it won’t hurt to let older kids go off and do something, while you take the younger ones somewhere else. You could even find a kids’ club, or other suitable childcare for an afternoon while just the parents go off for a romantic meal together.