I'm going on a holiday later in the year with my husband, our kids (4 & 8), and my father and stepmother. I'm very excited, but I'm a bit concerned there'll be a conflict of interests. ( a wee bit of backgroundCollapse )
I suspect we're going to have an issue with Mr Four. He's a great kid, but he's also a young kid. He loves running, and playing, and bike riding, and scootering. He doesn't like sitting still, walking slowly, colouring, drawing, or museums that aren't interactive. I'd ideally like everybody
to enjoy their holiday and I'm sure there must be some sort of balance between a childfree holiday and a completely kid-centric holiday.
So, to incorporate a small child into some of the activities that actual grown ups might enjoy without anybody being bored or whiny I'm thinking:
-lots of snacks, of course
-kid-centric activities in between adult ones ("We're going to the museum and then we're going to the playground.")
-digging out my old camera so he has his 'very own' camera (he loves stealing my camera)
-a 'brag book' style flip through album for post cards (my kids love post cards)
-a portable DVD player for the car if we absolutely must
-Dad and M are happy to take turns having one adult stay with the children in the evenings and letting the other three adults go out for adult time.
Any other ideas or advice would be appreciated.