3 responses to “Was Your Summer Break Same S–t, Different Location?”

  1. Missy

    Someday I hope for a relaxing “real” vacation. We go visit family and that is vacation for now. Constantly trying to make sure that we find something for the kids to do, learn, not drive us crazy. I am glad to know that we have some hope and fun in our future.

  2. Becky

    We had our first “vacation” since we had kids two years ago when the boys were 12 and 9. We go to the same small Massachusetts town on Cape Ann every year, so they know the place. We rented a house in town (as we have done for 6 or 7 years now) and two years ago we let them go to the beach on their own during the day. We could see the beach from the living room, so it wasn’t truly nerve-wracking. The next year, we let them do it again, even though we were probably half a mile from the beach. They had the run of the town, and loved it. We read a LOT! This year, we took three of their friends with us (one 14-year-old and two 11-year olds; it seemed like a good idea at the time). All five of them were out all day swimming, fishing, and hanging out. They all had a blast. And we read A LOT! I definitely think going to one place and staying put is a good plan with little kids. Especially if you can find a place with some good outdoorsy things to do. We do take them other places over the course of a year, too, but it has really helped to have them learn the town we go to every year. We don’t worry about them getting lost, and the beaches aren’t crowded and don’t have rough surf so we never worried about them drowning either. So, vacations do come back into your life eventually!

  3. Angie Kinghorn

    Oooh. Spot on, my dear. Spot on. I think they’re all “trips,” by your definition, until the kids reach a certain age and a certain level of independence. When that is, I don’t yet know.

    But this does make me think (again) about the importance of carving out time to actually relax on those occasions (whether they’re trips or vacations). Now, how to actually do it …

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