Summer is here and its time for vacation! Relaxing in the sun with a cold drink is just what you need. Days with no responsibility, just you, your beach chair and a book.
Except...Oh wait, you have a toddler.
Never mind. Your vacation won't be relaxing. But it can be fun and SANE with a few supports in place. Traveling with toddlers and preschoolers is not relaxing. Its also not "a break". Thats because, as excited as vacations are, they are a big change to the daily routine. And young children hate change. SO...
Here are some ideas:
*Keep a schedule. Some semblance of a schedule. Nap, dinner, bedtime, all at the same time you have them at home, if at all possible. You will be happy you did this.
*Feed them real food. Junk food and sugar are super awesome on vacation unless you're a toddler. Then they are just cause to feel insane. Water (lots of water, especially in the heat),) fruit, and all the usual healthy things you feed your little person will help them feel good and stay on an even keel.
*Try to limit the special outings you take to one a day. There is only so much excitement a toddler can take. Carpet golf in the morning plus water park in the afternoon could spell disaster and the whole family will pay.
*Limit sun exposure. Not just because of sunburn (I know y'all are using all the sunscreen) but because its exhausting. Playing in the sand or at a park is super fun and I highly recommend it - but put your toddler under an umbrella and offer a nap spot if going in/leaving isn't an option.
*TV is OK! If your little person is completely done, turn on the tv and don't feel a bit bad. It may be what is necessary for all of you. An hour of PBS never hurt anyone.
*Be ready. If your toddler is tired, having a tantrum, and generally over it, go to a quiet place, read a book, have a snack, or snuggle and watch tv for a little while. Everyone else might be having fun on the beach but you are snuggling a toddler so you win!