In your eagerness to give your kids the best vacation ever, you may accidentally overdo it. For example, kids tire more easily than adults, need more potty breaks and need healthy food. What an adult can do on a vacation or in a day isn't necessarily what a child can do. Jennifer Dugan offers tips on planning a kid-friendly vacation.
Plan on your trip by the ages of your children.
Big theme parks can be scary and overwhelming also. Children may not like the crowds and all the action. For parents going to somewhere like Disneyland or Disney World, it is a good idea to do things on a child's pace. Go do a few rides then either go sit down and eat lunch or see a show.
Remember that your child needs time to relax.
It might sound wonderful to take your three year old to Disneyland but remember that he or she is three years old. He or she might not be able to keep up with what you want to get done in a day. This is especially true if you are going at the time of year where it is hot. This wears out your children even more. Try to get the child breaks from the heat and remember there are going to be lines. Children are inpatient. If there is a way you can go at the off season, you will experience less lines. Bring water and other snacks with you. Remember a hat and sunscreen.
Go with your child's ideas.
Companies are realizing that most people only get one or two vacations a year and most of the time have their children with them. They want mom and dad to come and feel like they still are on vacation even though they have their children. Many resorts are offering adjoining rooms for the children so mom and dad get some privacy. Families are an important part of the travel industry. You can have a great time as a family and your children will remember it for the rest of their lives.