Traveling is tiring. Once you finally get to your destination, however, you're so excited you can't wait to get started. After a day or two, you may start to feel tired, overwhelmed, and even a little burnt out, especially if your child has challenges.
That's why it's important for moms of children with ADHD, social or behavioral issues to take a time-out during a vacation to recharge and get back into the fun fully refreshed. Read on to learn a few ways you can get some rest, alone time, and special time with your partner during a family vacation.
Stay at a Resort that Provides a Nanny
You wake up to the sound of birds singing and the Caribbean sunshine streaming through the window. What can sound and feel better than that? The name of your vacation nanny who will help you with the kids all week!
Resorts like Club Med Yucatan and the Franklin D. Resort and Spa in Jamaica include a nanny in the price of your stay. Typically, a nanny is available from 9 am to 5 pm, but you can pay extra to have the nanny stay longer so you and your partner can have an intimate dinner together. The nanny also helps keep your room tidy!
Be sure to provide complete instructions and tips for caring for your child with special needs and be available in case the nanny needs assistance.
Use the Kid's Club
Many resorts have a kid's club where you can drop off your children for an hour or so and take a break. This is a fun, adventurous time for most kids, however, if your child struggles with social or behavioral issues, this might not be a good option.
A day playing at the beach is so much fun that it flies by and when you get back to your holiday property, you and everyone else is exhausted. After the kids are fed, showered, and tucked in, try to stay up a little later than usual and read a book, watch a movie, or write in your journal about the day. Then, trade off a morning with your partner so that you can sleep in the next morning and hint to your partner that you'd love breakfast in bed. Your partner can then take a morning “off” on another day.
Take a Day for Yourself
Send the kids off with your partner and take a day for yourself. If it's museums you love, visit a local museum. If it's shopping you love, visit the local outlets or boutique shops. Perhaps a day at the spa is just what you need to unwind and take a break.
Vacation with Another Family with Kids
Having other kids to play with on vacation is a wonderful way to keep your kids occupied while you get some adult time. You can even switch off for a few hours. You can take the other couple's kids for a while and they can do the same. Spending time with another family during vacation gives you extra support, a chance to do some bonding, and some relaxing moments you may not get otherwise.
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