I need a vacation!
Children have busy lives! They must get up in the morning, go to daycare, follow the daycare's routine, return home, eat dinner, take a bath, and go to bed. Their days are just as full as ours. It is not surprising that specialists are unanimous in stating that vacations are very important for children too. Children need time to unwind with their family.
You know me, I do not judge. Each family has its own reality to live with. Parents today have work schedules which are not always the traditional 9 to 5. Not all parents are able to take time off during the summer months. My concern lies in the fact that children sometimes attend daycare 52 weeks per year. This situation is much too common.
When I place myself in children's shoes, I can easily feel their need for a vacation. However, they are usually unable to verbalize this need. They long for days where time constraints do not exist, without routines to respect. They TOO need to unwind! They crave the opportunity to do things at their own pace, to play with their own toys, and in their own space. They need to be with their family. When I speak of family vacations, I do not mean expensive family outings or trips. Calm days at home or inexpensive activities suffice.
So, how do we explain the fact that many children never experience vacations? It is possible that some parents fear vacations. They may wonder what they could possibly do alone with their children. Here is a short list of inexpensive activities:
- A picnic
- A morning at the playground
- Water games
- A day at the beach
- An insect hunt
- Camping in the backyard
- A bicycle ride
- Go berry picking and prepare a dessert when you return
- Visit your local market
- Visit a garden centre and plant a garden
- Visit the library on a rainy day
- Attend festivals or street parties where several shows are free
- A treasure hunt
- Sleep under the stars
Regardless of the activity, children will appreciate the change of scenery. Whether it be a morning to cuddle or a day at the water park, the most important thing parents can do is reserve a period of time for their child where the daily routine takes a much needed vacation!
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