If you think about enjoying a good holiday with children, what is the first thing you think? You may think that you are going to spend too much money, that you will not get enough rest or that you should look for endless activities so that you do not get bored. However, family vacations hide much more.
Do not think only of the negative aspects and do not believe that the little ones do not value your effort. It is shown that children are the ones who value them most, and that is that they directly influence their happiness.
As explained by psychologist and author Oliver James to The Telegraph:
“Family vacations are valued by children, both at the time and for a long time later in their memory.”
Family Vacations: building happy families
For a family to be considered healthy, it has to make their children feel safe. This is achieved by transmitting love, affection, protection, acceptance and establishing rules to achieve a good coexistence. There must be responsibility, freedoms agreement, trust and, above all, respect.
With these pillars, children will grow up safe and know how to face the world, taking on challenges and learning to love and love themselves above all else. A trip can become the perfect space for all this to happen.
Traveling with children even brings benefits to their brain development. According to the child psychotherapist Dr. Margot Sunderland:
“An enriched environment offers new experiences that are strong in the combined social, physical, cognitive and sensory interaction.”
According to the doctor, experiences like being all together in the pool, walking through the forest, sharing talks while doing a long trip, etc. they manage to activate the key genetic expression in the frontal lobes.
This improves executive functions such as attention, stress regulation, good planning, ability to learn … In short, it improves both physical and mental health. The doctor adds :
“Activated brain stimuli in enriched environments are also associated with a higher IQ in children. So, spend time exploring together in a new space and they will make your child smarter. ”
Family Vacations: anchors of happiness
An investigation of the year 2015 carried out by the Family Vacation Association of Great Britain, ensures that the happiest memory of 49% of respondents had to do with their family vacations.
In fact, a third of them say they can still remember the trips they made in their childhood. A quarter even used these memories to overcome complicated moments of his life.
According to the association’s director, John McDonald :
“Reflecting on our happiest memories of the joyful time we spend together as a family can be extremely powerful in providing relief and relief when faced with the darkest moments that life can bring.”
It also ensures that using these memories as an anchor assures us to be able to transport ourselves in seconds to joyful and fun moments. This can help us address problems through a new sense of perspective.
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