Avoid the “trip with family or friends” dilemma
Don't make your children feel that they have to choose between one or the other. When organising holidays or a trip, make sure that your timing is right so that your children won't have to choose between family and friends and you can make plans without worrying about their reactions.
Invite one of their close friends
By inviting your child's friend on the trip you achieve two things. Not only do you ensure that your child will happily participate in the family trip but you also have a chance to get to know their friends. No matter how much you think you know about your child's friends, there is always more to discover through personal contact and interaction, especially in the relaxed and pleasant setting of a trip.
Choose a destination that also appeals to your children
This is a clever trick you can use to ensure that they’ll follow and also enjoy doing so. Make sure you choose not only the right destination but also the right activities that will help you bond with your kids.
Give your children time and space while on the family trip
Just because you go on vacation together doesn't mean you have to do everything together. Allow for initiatives, for example let your children go to the beach alone, and do things they enjoy on their own. Make plans for you and the kids balancing time “together” and time “apart”.
Plan activities that everyone enjoys
The benefits of planning activities that everyone, even older children enjoy can be manifold. Not only will everyone's mood be soaring throughout the trip, but you’ll also have the opportunity to bond through experiences and shared interests that you can further explore when you’re back. What’s more, if your holidays leave you with unforgettable memories, your children will most likely look forward to your next family trip despite their desire for a separate daily routine!
Through family trips, parents and children can share experiences and create memories that will further strengthen their relationship, which, like all relationships, best develops under circumstances that escape the daily routine.