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Marriage Counseling: Seven Tips For a Great Family Vacation

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Family vacations are a great way to build togetherness.   Use these tips to make your vacation carefree!

Family, marriage, relationships, balance, vacations

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Too many family vacations end in disaster because of unrealistic expectations or poor planning according to
Barbara Bartlein, author of Why Did I Marry You Anyway? 12.5 Strategies for a Successful Marriage (Cumberland
House Press). “The family vacation is an annual tradition for many Americans and can have a significant
bonding effect for couples and children. Careful planning makes all the difference.” She recommends:::
   *Identify activities that all family members can enjoy. There should be something for everyone. From
petting zoos to shopping malls, identify the must-do activity for everyone involved. Some clans use a family
meeting to pre-plan the trip. This is also a great time to obtain agreement that vacations are give and
takeinvolve compromise. It is usually impossible to please everyone all the time...
and                                                                                            *Make plans
thatage appropriate. It is unrealistic to embark on a long car trip with very young children. They will
miserable and so will you. Small children do much better with short trips that include plenty of opportunity
to play. Likewise, most teenagers will be bored with stops at museums and areas of historical interest; they
prefer the shopping mall. You will save yourself a lot of misery if you understand the attention span
interests of your children...           *Be prepared to wait. Whether by plane, train or automobile,
can involve delays and waiting. Bring games, books, and other time fillers in case there is time to kill.
Make “getting there,” half the fun with all understanding that some glitches while traveling are the norm,
not exception...
the                        *Beware of too much togetherness. You don’t have to spend every minute of every
together. Part of a great vacation is also getting some time alone to reflect and think. You can also
up with different family members based on interests. It allows an opportunity to reconnect in new ways...
     *Expect the unexpected. While annoying at the time, some of the best memories and funniest stories are
the things that aren’t expected. Like adjusting the motor on the boat and watching as it falls to the
bottom lake or raccoons loose in the cabin. These events are the fodder for stories around the campfire
of the
years...           *Keep a sense of humor. Try to enjoy the special moments of just being together taking
to laugh and play. It’s a funny thing. I have worked since I was 16 years old and can barely remember one
workday from another. But I can tell you the details of every vacation from the last twenty years.

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