HERE IS A QUICK “NEWS U CAN USE” WRITTEN FOR PARENTS, BUT ALSO MAY BE SOME GREAT HINTS/HELPS FOR YOUTH MINISTRY AS YOU PLAN YOU SUMMER TRIPS!?
“A family vacation is the perfect time to enjoy a change of scenery while reconnecting and spending quality time with each other, but it requires planning, budgeting and flexibility. Adding children to the mix makes vacation planning even more complicated. As kids grow into tweens and teens, their traveling needs change. Instead of packing diapers and strollers and visiting all the sights on your list of must-sees, you have to think about their interests, moods, attention spans and energy levels. So what should you keep in mind when traveling with these mini-adults? Here are six tips for traveling with tweens and teens.
1. Involve Them in the Planning Process.
Kids this age strive for autonomy, so they like to have a say in the planning process of family trips instead of simply being told what they’ll be doing. Tweens and teens are old enough to make informed decisions, so get them involved before and during the trip. As you’re researching your destination and formulating an itinerary, ask the kids to add to the list of possible things to do. Pass around the guidebook so everyone can take a look at the activities options and brainstorm. And once you’ve reached your destination, let them use maps or apps to navigate the area or find nearby restaurants and attractions. Maybe they’ll lead you to something fun you weren’t expecting….”