Family trips: How to get your older children to join you

Learn how to make your car trip even better

One of the biggest challenges parents face is the need and desire for their children to become independent and confident enough to take their own steps in life.

When this actually starts to happen, emotions are always mixed. Parents may feel joy watching their children spread their wings, but they may also long for their younger years, as they realise that they don't get to spend as much time together as they used to.


However, there are still occasions when the family can spend time together. A family dinner every Sunday or a family trip once a year are habits that can ensure quality time with family members, though organizing a trip can often prove to be difficult. There are, however, some tips that can help.

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.

Family Vacation: How to get your older ones to join you

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 youre 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.

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