Our recent family vacation with our tween was all about relaxation. Even though we went to Orlando, with its theme parks, we just wanted to sit back, eat some good food, and hang out with friends. This was desperately needed right before the back to school rush. Our concern was would our tween daughter be happy with this? She’s used to being on the go, especially when Disney World, Universal and Sea World surround us. Here’s our tips:
- Be sure there are activities your tween likes at the hotel – My 13 year old daughter likes to swim, try new foods and to play arcade games. She was able take part in each of these, although we needed to be with her while she went swimming (no life guard on duty). She had charging privileges on her hotel key card so she could get take out food. We gave her some change for the arcade. While she was busy, my husband and I had time to sit by the pool, look at the grounds of the resort and just sit and talk.
- Bring along your tween’s friend – We’ve brought one of daughter’s friends along for a short trip. This time since we were meeting friends, their daughter came along to the hotel and out to dinner with us. She had someone to spend time with, talk to about what tweens like to talk about, play video games with, and giggle almost nonstop. Relaxing with our adult friends was much more pleasant since the girls were happy to be on their own.
- Bring along your tween’s games, books, etc. – We always allow our daughter to pack an extra suitcase of things to prevent boredom, whether it’s for a road trip or for some down time. For this vacation, she stocked up! When we wanted to look at the art in the resort, or watch the golfers, she could stay in the room or the lobby and enjoy her time.
- Let your tween choose a place to eat – Our daughter enjoys trying new food, so she researches the restaurants in the resort and nearby to find a place we haven’t eaten at before. We had a delicious Mexican buffet because of her decision. Since we bring along Culturelle Kids! Chewables, we don’t worry about stomach upset like before. Our tween daughter has had tummy issues for years and was afraid to taste new things. Culturelle was recommended by our pediatrician and it does the trick.
- Include a nap or rest time each day – My 13 year old thinks it’s hilarious when we say it’s time to go back to the room and rest, but she does it. The drapes are closed, the TV volumes is on low, and she can choose to get into bed or do something quietly. More often than not, she falls asleep. How much more relaxed can you get?
Vacations come in all types. My family and I love to hit the theme parks and see as many attractions as we can, but sometimes we just need to wind down and do a lot of nothing. You can do relax on your vacation with your tween by following my tips. Do you have another tip to add?
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