10 Reasons Why Vacation with Kids is Pretty Awesome

September 4, 2013

We took a late vacation this year and all the moms that ventured into the world of sandcastles and swimming pools before us, returned with a mutual warning: “Go alone, leave your kids with the grandparents, I need a vacation from vacation.” It makes sense that I entered my vacation with hesitance, waiting for the ticking time bomb that is my 3 wild child boys to explode and plummet us into vacation doom. As we stepped onto the airplane, my 2 year old clinging to the leg of the infant I was holding, shrieking uncontrollably with a newfound fear of flying (gosh, he was so much braver when he was one….), I knew. I just knew those moms were all right. Why do we do this to ourselves when it is so much easier to just stay home? After soothing his fears with a chocolate donut – no judgement please – it worked, my boys were glued to the windows bouncing with excitement and anticipation about the coolest and fastest ride on which they were about to embark – an airplane ride! And then, just moments later, I knew something different. I knew that this is why we take our kids on vacation. So in honor of all the kids that had the best vacations ever this summer, I present you with a list:

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10 Reasons Why Vacation with Kids is Pretty Awesome:

10. Kids are SO excited to go on vacation. It’s like Christmas. So treat it like it, parents!  “Oh, you were mean to your brother? I hope you remember that Santa and Vacation Fairies are watching you!”

9. No need to spend a lot of time packing. My kids alternate between a swim suit and a pair of tighty whiteys.

8. Cheap thrills. Daddy “rocket-shipping” the kids across the pool is just as fun as a $200 jet ski rental. (I have no clue how much jet ski rentals cost, but just assuming they aren’t cheap.)

7. If you go to visit grandmom or great-grandmom you will make her eyes twinkle, you will move up in the rankings of favorite grandchild and she will reward you by rocking your baby to sleep with her grandmotherly superpowers.


6. When else are you going to take the cliche vacation pictures where all your kids appear to be happy, but in reality its only because you are dancing like an idiot behind the camera and bribing them with M&Ms?


5. If the kids want you to lie with them during nap time you can do it and ACTUALLY FALL ASLEEP! No laundry or cleaning to do now – remember, you’re on vacation!

4. You save money not going out to dinner like you may do if you were alone. Taking kids, or maybe it’s just my kids, out to dinner is just bad. We regret it every time and promised ourselves we wouldn’t do it ever again… like ever. Or until they are 12 or something.

3. 5 o’clock happy hour coincides perfectly with 5 o’clock witching hour. Coincidence? I think not. There is not a whine in the world that a Pina Coloda can’t drone out.

2. Wait a minute, my day job duties just got cut in half! I have 2 extra hands, 2 extra eyes, one extra set of patience…. welcome to my world, dear husband! Now go grab the sunscreen, lather the boys up and make yourself useful!

1. Your kids actually want to be with you. They want to spend all day with you. They want to eat, swim, run crazy circles on the beach, jump waves, cross monkey bars, ride bikes, hide from the scary sharks in the water (a.k.a. daddy), pick flowers… all with YOU! I know this will change one day. Those people at the supermarket are still reminding me of this. That is why, today, being the apple of my children’s eye is the number 1 reason that vacation with them rocks.


Yeah, yeah, yeah. The kids still wake up at the crack of dawn and you can kiss sunbathing good-bye. But worth it? Wouldn’t trade it for the world. Even Bora Bora.

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  • casey leigh
    September 5, 2013 at 12:15 am

    good try lin…. but we all know who the favorite grandchild is….. miss you guys! xoxo

    • [email protected]
      September 4, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      I don’t know, Case. I’m definitely up there! You better book a trip asap.

  • Natalie
    September 4, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Just got back from vacation with my family… I want to go back! Love this post!

    • [email protected]
      September 4, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      Thanks, Natalie! Sounds like you had a great trip!

  • O'Boy! Organic
    September 5, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Love taking my boys on vacation. We actually spend most of our summer away and we all have the best time. Plus – when on vacation it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere! LOL

    • [email protected]
      September 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      So true, Trina! 5 o’clock seems to get earlier by the day!

  • Janeane Davis
    September 5, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Like you, I enjoy taking my children on vacation. I like the memories we make and the stories we tell about our trips later when we are sitting around and something sparks a memory.

  • Juliet Stanley
    September 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Loved this one Lin!! It made me wish I was on vacation with you guys!

    • [email protected]
      September 5, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      Thanks juls!! My boys would LOVE for u to be here too! I’m sure u have mad rocketshipping skills too!

  • Jo-Lynne Shane {Musings of a Housewife}
    September 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Fun post! #5 is my fave. 😉

    • [email protected]
      September 5, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      #5 is a good one! Always helps the reluctant napper to give it a try. Luckily swimming all day wears them out!

  • Aimee Hardy
    September 9, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Beautifully written. I know exactly what you mean. I love vacations with my kids. Glad you had a great time.

  • Lindsay
    July 31, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Love this post! I am hoping that my kids will appreciate how awesome trips are with their parents at a young age so they will continue coming with us when they are teenagers and married with their own kids. My goal is to stay the apple of their eye and their best friends forever! (Is that possible?) Definitely going to steal your “vacation fairies” reminder! And no judgement on donuts on the plane 🙂 We like to bring a bag of donut holes for those “moments!”

    P.S. Your grandmom looks fantastic!

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