Should your family holidays always centre around your kids?
As I write this, I am midway through a 5 day Butlins Just For Tots break. A holiday where pretty much every activity has been centred around Jack! Holidays with a toddler can be stressful. A new environment, additional stimulation and a different routine is quite an upheaval for a toddler. We have had to make some changes this week that in my opinion have made the break far more relaxing.
1) Not stressed about a routine - Jack at home, has a fairly set routine. He no longer naps and is usually in bed by 7pm. When we arrived on holiday, it quickly became evident that this wouldn't work. With the additional activities and stimulation, Jack was ready for a nap by midday. We decided to change our routine and have been judging bedtime on nap time on the day he has had. Him napping has led to later bedtimes but I think this has worked better overall.
2) Factor in things you like to do - Whilst we have mainly done activities that Jack likes, we have also tried to factor in things that we have wanted to do. Little things like hiring bikes and going for a cycle or visiting the local town. It's a break from Bob The Builder!
3) If your on a break with planned activities, plan your day - Whilst we may have adapted Jacks sleep routine, we have been planning our day. With plenty of activities available, we wanted to ensure Jack didn't miss out on trying different rings but at the same time we didn't want to overdo it!
4) Bring things for the journey - We all know that travelling with toddlers can be stressful. Taking little toys or even an Ipad with a few Peppa Pig episodes can really help. It did for us! With one service stop on a three hot journey, Jack did rather well.
Do whatever works for you and enjoy yourself. We have battled through a few toddler meltdowns on his break but have still had the best time ever!