Mum shares how a friendly chat with parenting expert, Dr Justin Coulson, led her to frequent holidays with the kids. But only ONE kid at a time.
Dilvin Yasa shares on Honey travel how she was thinking about the new habit she has now developed of going away with each child one-on-one.
“It was a tip given to me by parenting expert and father of six, Dr Justin Coulson, who insisted there was no better way to travel as a family. “When each one of our children turns 16, my wife and I will take them on a major holiday so that it’s just the three of us rather than travelling as a family of eight,” he told me. “This way, we get to have decent conversations – and I mean the big conversations – and have quality bonding time together free of distraction.”
Dilvin added, “When we spoke, it was like a light was turned on. I could understand he was also coming from a practical point of view (travelling as a family of eight isn’t what you would call easy, nor would be it cheap), but his argument that families rarely have an abundance of quality one-on-one time together these days resonated with me. Like most families, I’m able to snatch 30 minutes here and an hour there with each of my girls – usually while taking them to an activity and getting a treat afterwards, but for the most part, I’m just barking orders in every direction and hoping something sticks.”
“Since I started taking these one-on-one breaks with my girls (they don’t have to be anywhere fancy, sometimes it’s just a night somewhere), I’ve learned more about my girls than I ever could have hoped for. Days free of distractions by way of needy siblings are gloriously long and we fill the time by having long conversations over hot chocolate, playtime in the pool and even reading side by side in silence. I’ve learned about crushes, friendships gone bad and discovered yes, that my children have a much wider (and ill-advised) vocabulary than I would have given them credit for.”
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