The subject of holidays has come up quite a few times over the last few weeks and I’ll level with you, I have absolutely no idea what to do this year. Last summer was a whole new bag for us, my plan to get my toddler and teenagers on a holiday abroad was met with gumption; Sardinia on an activity holiday and a full-on action packed 5 days in Orlando. How the flying frogs do I beat that?
I’ve tried bringing up the subject with the boys, and anyone who has had the pleasure of raising teenage boys will know that conversations are somewhat limited. I’ve come to the conclusion that my boys used up most of their vocabulary between the ages of 2 and 12 and are currently in the process of rebooting and storing up future conversations for when they join the workforce.
Could’ve been the timing was wrong? Or maybe asking them what kind of holiday they fancied this year while eating and only getting ” I dunno” was a direct reaction to years of teaching them not to talk with their mouths full had paid off, damn you – table manners! Either way, they have no idea so I’ve narrowed it down to 3 options;
Top of my list would another Mark Warner activity break. Keeping busy is my main incentive here, last time the teenage kids’ clubs were a huge hit, they learnt to sail, windsurf and paddle board along with other teenagers where my 13 year old declared it was the best holiday ever and we still got some family time in the evening. As I’ll be on my own with the boys, the childcare for my 4 year old would be a good breather and time to try out some of the activities.
Or the alternative would be a holiday villas style break where the boys could chill by the pool and we’d have the privacy which teenagers so crave. Somewhere we could regroup and connect as a family without the distractions of modern family life, my thinking here was a holiday where we were all relaxed, free from everyday distractions and could just eat, swim and be happy. No Playstation, no chore pressure and total escapism while exploring a new country. It’s a whole new agenda taking kids away as a single parent and while the idea of having other adults to converse with, it’s also quite hard being the only single parent while there’s a lot of families around. This option would mean no reminders.
Or the wildcard, I’ve considered staying local, not local – local, but saving up for a cheap campervan and taking the kiddos on some festival breaks and exploring all our country has to offer. This way we still get some time together and away from the house but in a little and often type way. My only goal is memory making and clinging on to the last few holidays we’ll probably take as a family, I’ve got absolutely no idea when the day will come when my eldest prefers to go away with his friends than his brothers and I but I’ve got a sneaky feeling this could be the last so I’d like to create a holiday where we look back and reminisce and they think, yeah, I actually quite enjoyed that week with mum.
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