Honeymooning with the kids might sound like an oxymoron, but it can be done. These days you might marry a man who has children from a previous marriage or you both might have children and decide to combine your families.
Or, maybe you chose to get married after your baby arrived. Whatever the reason, a honeymoon with the kids might be your only option for celebrating your new marriage. Here are some ways to make it work.
Choose your destination wisely
While a safari in Africa or scuba diving in the Maldives might be your dream honeymoon, this is not the time to select an exotic location. Instead, look for destinations that are within a three to five hour flight from your hometown (if you are on the West Coast, the Hawaiian islands are an obvious choice, and if you are on the East Coast, the Caribbean is a great option). The more familiar destinations also eliminate the need for travel vaccinations and shorter air-time can reduce the chance of jet lag. If budget is an issue, sign up for deal alerts, such as Groupon Getaways or Living Social Escapes.
Find a family-friendly resort
Once you choose your destination, make sure children are welcome at the resort. Many high-end properties cater mainly to adults and the worst thing would be to feel like you have to keep your children quiet the whole time! There are tons of resorts that not only welcome families, but have kids clubs and babysitting options available. Kids clubs are a win-win situation for everyone. The kids are entertained and kept busy while you lounge by the pool (and there is nothing like a little romance after spending an afternoon in the sun or a romantic walk on the beach).
Prices for kids clubs can vary from $50-$100 per child per day, so they are not inexpensive, but if you can factor this into your budget for a couple of days, it can be well worth the price! An example of an award-winning family resort is the Hawaiian Hilton Village in Waikiki (on the island of Oahu in Hawaii). Their kids club, Camp Penguin, keeps your little ones entertained all day while you “honeymoon.”
Pack a separate suitcase
Now that your kids are entertained at the resort camp, it is your chance to show your new husband some sexy bikinis and lingerie! This is where a separate suitcase packed with all of your romance gear will be vital to your passion plans. It will help you avoid an embarrassing moment if your kids go through your suitcase!
For fun, try a flirtatious piece like Victoria’s Secret Sexy Little Things Lace Apron Babydoll (victoriassecret.com, $58). You can even be covert while your kids are in the room by wearing a sexy, yet conservative satin robe, such as Victoria’s Secret Sexy Little Things Bridal Robe (victoriassecret.com, $58).
Plan family time
Prior to your honeymoon, research some excursions or activities that the whole family can enjoy during the trip, such as hikes, zip lining or water activities. Your children will feel included and you can create exciting memories for the family as a unit.
Finally, let your children know that the honeymoon is a celebration of your new life together. Don’t be afraid to show affection to each other and to your kids! This is especially important if this is a second marriage for both of you, since this can be key to giving your children a sense of security for their new life.