I don’t really have any. It’s hard to be away from home and away from a routine with young kids. This could be true being away from home with big kids too but since I don’t have big kids yet, I will have to wait to find out.
This year we opted out of a vacation in July. We decided against loading everyone up and driving for hours and hours. Instead we thought we would stick close to home and enjoy all that is around is. We are enjoying a Staycation (well, right at this moment, I am enjoying a Frozen Margarita…. but you know what I mean). Let me tell you, Staycationing with young kids is just as hard.
My kids go to bed early. If we have nothing going on in the evening (and especially through the winter months), bedtime at 6:30 is the norm around here. I know. I told you that my kids go to bed early. Most nights, I am lucky if Quinn makes it to 6:00. They rise early too. By 7:00 a.m. our house is bustling with activity. Not always the hour that I want to be up and at ’em, but we are. It doesn’t seem to matter how late my kiddlebugs go to bed, they are up early. So delaying bedtime often means that we have some serious meltdowns happening in our life around 4:00 p.m.
After a weekend of camping, Quinn slept over 14 hours in her crib and then had a 3.5 hour nap the next day. Piper and Davilyn still have not caught up on their sleep…. my kids need structured sleep on a regular basis. It makes vacationing and staycationing really trying at this age. For example, we have been on staycation since Friday (so really just the weekend so far) and my kids are a meltdown mess by supper time. Bed time tonight happened at 6:00 p.m. and not without fuss. There were tears shed and pleas of “But I’m not tired!”
And all the while, I was thinking I am tired! I am so tired! I would gladly go to bed in your place…. here scootch over and let me tuck myself in. They did not fall for this. It is also tough having smart kids. There is no fooling them. Not that I try (shifty eye insert here).
So, Tips for Vacationing with Kids…. and making sure they are rested… those tips, I could use a few right now. Got any?