Make Them Partners

Family holding hands walking in a field
Waiting In Line Is Not For Kids

Trip Stages

Preparation, Flight, Accommodation, Traveling, Post Trip

Trip Types

Family Vacation, Traveling with kids

Age Groups

Kids, Teens

World Regions

Time of Year

Any Time Of Year

If your kids are large enough, let them help with the planning of the trip. If they’re too small, keep them engaged and explain the journey ahead of time.

Making them partners can help in many ways:

  • It helps them grow and learn responsibility.
  • Read, research, and choose.
  • Learn teamwork.
  • Learn about where they’re going ahead of time, and let them study its history, things to do, and what to expect.

If your kids are not used to travel, trips have a lot of new things going on. The preparation and the trip can make them feel uncomfortable, which will ruin the trip for everyone.

If they’re too young, go over the trip plan with them. Show them pictures, a map with the trip plan and places you’ll go, and explain the agenda at a high level. All these steps will help them know what to expect.

You can even let them prepare their own trip plan based on the places you discussed. Use it during the trip to let them know where they are according to the plan.

Remember that the airport and the flights, staying in a new “house”, riding a new car, and eating new types of food are all part of the plan.

If they’re older, let them pick the activities they want to do, at least for part of the trip. Take this opportunity to go over your expectations for their behavior during the trip.

Final Thoughts

Make your kids part of the trip right from the start. It will result in a happier trip for everyone. Give them options of activities to choose from.

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