We just got back from a weekend away in the bush (no internet, and hence the late blog post). We had fun exploring a new corner of our country together and meeting some truly lovely people. And Matt and I are refreshed but also kind of exhausted.
Holidaying with kids is hard work.
As we get ready for our summer break let me remind you of a few things which might save you some stress if you have the chance to holiday with your family.
Pack journey treats. Whether it’s a new toy, notepad, packet of snacks or a juice. Something to distract and engage the kids when you just need to be able to focus up front.
Pack an extra packet of wipes. Who doesn’t need extra wipes?
Pack their snuggle toy. Even if they don’t seem too reliant on it at home, sometimes it can tip the scales into relaxing an overtired little body.
Pack some books to read to the kids. A familiar story is always a settling treat in a new place.
Pack a book for yourself… you never know your luck!
Enjoy the journey with your family. Take the extra time to point out things which they might otherwise miss. Discuss the places you see and the people you meet. Take some photos, too, to talk about in the future (kids enjoy processing big concepts over an extended period of time).
And lastly, make sure that you are praying with your family as you go. It’s a wonderful time to show kids that God is bigger than our everyday world, that he is all powerful in every corner of the world, and that he cares about his children even when they feel intimidated by new places and as they work to settle in to the company of new people.
I hope that your holidays are a refreshing blessing.
“For the Lord is the great God,
the King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.” Psalm 95:3-5