We are just back from a family holiday to France and Germany with our teenagers. I wanted to share with you some tips I have come back with! It wasn’t all plain sailing to be honest but I do believe we all had a good time.
Below are some suggestions if you are planning a holiday with teenagers.
EVERYONE NEEDS SPACE
Of course they are still young but we opted for some of the trip to have the teenagers in their own hotel room. It seemed to work well and not just for our boys but for us too! Having the space after dinner certainly helped us and them. As we all know teenage years are difficult, so having space for them to go to their own room is a great solution.
IT’S ALSO ABOUT SPENDING TIME TOGETHER
It doesn’t have to be an expensive holiday or you don’t have to fork out a small fortune to keep them entertained. The majority of our favourite things on holiday were spending time talking and going for walks in the forests and taking pictures. It also helped one of the hotels had a swimming pool for the boys to go and get a good work out!
GUIDE YOUR TEENAGER
Just like at home you will need to guide your teenager. We found that being allowed to have free reign over the buffet was not the best thing we could have done! This resulted in an upset tummy! It might be helpful to guide your teenager through the food options and while they may wish to be adventurous, hopefully they won’t feel too bad after eating something they don’t normally eat!
The key to our success on holiday was being prepared, packing together, talking about what everyone should bring and allowing the boys to take responsibility for their own items and luggage. My advice is to be prepared but also involve your teenager in the decisions – including times and places to visit!
HAVE A GOOD TIME
Your teenager will be free from all the usual pressures they normally have at home. They will also be without their favourite games console so be prepared for a little grumpiness! Having said that being on holiday with teenagers is a great time to reconnect and talk about things without the pressures of home life.
If all else fails you can console yourself that soon you will be able to holiday without your teenagers!
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