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Why making family memories on holiday truly matters

In this modern age of social media and fast-paced… everything, holidays may seem like the respite your family vitally needs. Yet all too often the hectic life you wanted to leave at home continues and sharing every special snap on the internet immediately becomes scarily central.

It’s not too strange then, that actually making family memories frequently falls by the wayside. As kids grow up, they change so quickly it can be hard to keep up. That’s why making connecting on holiday is so important. Spending quality time together away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life gives you a chance to slow down and really connect with your loved ones. Whether it’s exploring a new city, relaxing on the beach or simply spending time chatting around the dinner table, making holiday memories is a cherished way to bond as a family and create lasting memories that will be treasured for years to come.

But in a world that seems to be constantly spinning faster, what does it take to be truly in the moment? And why does this matter for you and your kids when it comes to making family memories?

1. They’re only little for so long

You may roll your eyes, but it’s true. Our children spend a grand total of about 18 summers with us if we’re lucky and they don’t get bored of spending time with us. Most parents will look back and lament how quickly time has gone once they are out of that period of their lives and miss it, and yes, that includes the tough, sleepless nights.

And while you shouldn’t take this as a lecture on appreciating every annoying little instance, it’s worth it to step back every so often and look at the bigger picture. There’s no better time to do this than on holiday when restful times and special adventures with the family will make time for looking at the little people your children are developing into.

2. Being mindful and present really works

After a busy year of work and school, it can be tough to find time to just relax. Family holidays provide the perfect opportunity to do just that. Whether you’re spending a week at the beach or taking a short road trip, family holidays are a great way to unwind and recharge.

It may seem like a modern fad, but being mindful really helps, especially when you’re running 100 miles an hour with little kids around you. Try incorporating fun holiday games that don’t involve devices. Add mindfulness exercises to your bedtime routine (at home too), to make those long hours helping them drift off to the land of nod seem less mundane.

Meditation will ultimately make you a calmer parent and aid you in being more present. This is particularly important on holiday when you want to truly be there for those special family memories rather than constantly being stuck in your own head thinking about the next meal or bedtime.

3. Holiday memories aid in child development

Making family memories on holiday will help your child’s development. Statistics show that exposing young children to different cultures can even aid them in their problem-solving skills. Travel promotes a sense of curiosity and exposes children to different places and ideas. It teaches kids (and parents) to adapt to changing situations and helps them deal with problems. A cancelled flight might show a child that even annoying and unexpected situations can be dealt with. Different memories – such as trying an interesting airport restaurant – can be made fun thanks to their parents’ modelled behaviours.

Making memories on holiday may seem like a simple box-ticking exercise, but when approached with a sense of mindfulness, an appreciation for the short time we have with our little ones, and the benefits your kids may reap, they truly matter.

4. It’s something to look back on

Your holiday memories will be discussed for years to come – good or bad! You’ll go through testing times as a family, but you will always return to the good or funny memories. Family holidays are a cherished tradition for many families. As the years go by, it can be fun to look back on holiday photos and reminisce about past experiences.

So, what are you waiting for? Get started planning your next family holiday. It doesn’t matter if it’s a long-awaited trip to Disney World or a weekend camping trip in the woods. What matters is that you make memories together as a family. You may just create some traditions that will last a lifetime.