One-On-One Vacations with Kids

One-On-One Vacations with Kids

 

Every few trips I decide to bring only one kiddo with me.  At first, I thought it would be odd leaving one kid behind, but it has turned out to be an amazing experience for our whole family.  These one-on-one trips are something we all look forward to and here’s why:

1.     DIFFERENT INTERESTS:

One of my girls is sporty and loves anything active and my other is artsy and loves a creative destination. One vacation is filled with amusement parks, hikes, and trampoline parks and the other with museums, plays, and bookstores. 

2.    FORCES ENCOURAGES PARENTS TO DO STUFF:

Did I really want to go back to the indoor waterpark in the morning? Of course not, but I ended up having a great time racing her down the slides. 

3.    no fightiNG SIBLINGS:

My girls can bicker like champs…Olympic pros.  One kid = no fighting and therefore no need for mom to play referee. 

4.    KIDS FEEL IMPORTANT:

My girls feel so special when they get to be the center of my attention. 

5.    PARENT AT HOME GETS SPECIAL TIME ALSO:

Whatever kid is left at home gets to have tons of fun with dad, who always plans something special. 

6.    QUALITY TIME INDIVIDUALLY:

I’ve had some really deep conversations with my girls that probably wouldn’t have happened if their sister were there.  It’s also a great time to have age-appropriate talks. 

7.    OUT OF SCHOOL:

Nothing screams more fun to a kid than skipping school.  I occasionally let them skip a day of school because I feel family time is priceless.

8.    FOOD CHOICES: 

Just as my kids have different interests, they also have different food preferences.  On one trip we may head out for some lobster rolls and on the next we search for the perfect fried clams. 

 

TIPS FOR A FUN ONE-ON-ONE GETAWAY:

       Let the kids help plan what you’ll do and where you’ll go. 

       Leave a surprise for the kid at home (craft kit, ice cream, new toy).

       Take them to a restaurant they don’t usually go to. 

       Have the kids Facetime each other to tell about their day and wish each other goodnight. 

       Make sure the kid staying at home knows they will be going somewhere fun next time. 

       Both parents can go on the trip and leave one kid home with their grandparents.

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