I just finished cleaning out the family van which resembled the aftermath of a severe hurricane. This experience was something I would not wish on anyone, but I was motivated by the fact that tomorrow morning we leave for family vacation. Here are five goals I have for this special week of our lives.
#1: QUALITY TIME
Vacations never last long enough in my opinion. Before you know it, you are back to reality and day to day responsibilities. For this reason, you need to make sure your vacation is packed with quality moments together. We have already told our kids that computers will not be making the trip. Also, we will not be focused on running from one adventure to another. Instead, we want to make sure that we make intentional plans to spend quality family time together. For example, I will personally take each of my four boys out for breakfast or a late night snack individually to talk and share time together.
#2: RECONNECTING TIME
So much can happen over a few months and families can easily grow apart. Getting away with each other reminds you that you’re a special group of people that God has put together to share life. If your family vacation does not draw you all closer to one another in my opinion it’s a HUGE failure. Look for every way possible to bring your family together. This doesn’t happen just by being the same room, but by having meaningful conversations that merge your hearts.
#3: FUN TIME
I know you’re tired mom and dad, but we all know kids like to have fun. Put something on the agenda that allows everyone some play time. Whether it be a goofy game, a funny movie, or an activity that everyone will enjoy and possibly share a few laughs. From swimming, bowling, laser tag, miniature golf to games that don’t cost a dime. Just have some fun!
#4: RELAXING TIME
I’ve gone on a lot of vacations. And, one thing I have learned is that you have to create relaxing moments. Sleep in as much as possible. Don’t plan every second of every day with obligations. Give yourself a break from anything that can wait until you get back home. Dads and Moms don’t take work with you.
#5: MEMORABLE TIME
One of the main reasons I plan way in advance for our family vacations is the opportunity to create memories. We all know kids grow up very fast and each year is a different exciting season of their lives. I plan to enjoy every minute possible of my kids growing up. The main goal of any family vacation should be to make memories that will last a lifetime. It’s not just the act of going away, but making the most of the time you have away.
Well, I’ve got to get up very early to take some excited boys to Tennessee. This vacation has been planned for over eight months and I plan to make the most of every moment. Hope all of you have a wonderful Spring Break.