Because daddies need a holiday too!
Whilst a lot of time and thought probably goes into planning activities to keep the little ones entertained when you travel, don’t forget about Dad! His job isn’t just to give shoulder rides and carry the suitcases and the passports (though he does these things amazingly well); Here are 8 things to consider for the man about the house when planning your next trip;
- Let him have his ‘me’ time. Yes, he’s often home late and misses time with the family but give the guy a break! Let him squeeze in some down time too – offer at least a couple of lie-ins or a complete morning off during the holiday (don’t worry this is a two-way street!)
- Even if his idea of a cultural experience is drinking the local brew, make sure Dad is consulted on the travel plans for the day and not dragged from play park to paddle pool, it can be easy to make all the travel plans about the kids and forget what the grownups want to see and do.
- Holidays are not a time for calorie counting, let dad eat and drink as he pleases.
- Sky diving, parasailing, bungee jumping – most men have an adrenaline junkie side and even if it’s just showing off and you suspect he’ll break a limb it’s great for kids to see them showing their adventurous side (hey mums can too if you’re not a great big wussy like me).
- Let’s face it blokes need mates; whether its joining in a game of beach cricket or discussing the football scores at the pool bar let him have his bloke time too, even if he’s only known them five minutes.
- Spas aren’t just for girls, a relaxing massage and a blokey body treatment could be just what the doctor ordered, after all he’s been lugging all those suitcases and kids around right?
- When normal routine goes out the window, so too does the razor blade and Dad’s inner caveman comes out. Remember a few whiskers never hurt anyone (but refer point 6 above – perhaps a wet shave and a head massage might tempt those whiskers away?)
- While its lovely to spend time all together as a family, I bet he wouldn’t mind spending some time with the love of his life either – make sure you schedule in a baby sitter and get a night or two as a couple as well.
Don’t worry about mum missing out, I’ll shortly be covering off mum’s dream list too (we can all dream right…)
What does the dad in your family do to relax and enjoy his holiday?