Planning a Family Vacation? You’ve Made a Great Decision! Here’s Why! by Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
When I was a kid my family went on vacation every year, even if money was tight. Some of my best childhood memories are from those trips; I remember them far better than I do any childhood toys. I want my sons to have the same memories.
According to child psychotherapist Dr. Margot Sunderland, such togetherness has major benefits for children. "Attachment play" with parents "enhances self-esteem, sending a child the psychological message: 'You have my full attention.'"
Family vacations have additional benefits for our kids – time de-stressing and bonding can even advance their brain development. So, if you’re deciding between buying your child the latest toy or going on vacation, “consider the profound effects on bonding and brain development; there is no competition.” Read more about family vacations and kids here!
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