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How to Enjoy a Vacation With Your Adult Children
Posted By Mary W. Quigley On July 15, 2014 @ 2:47 pm In Parenting Part 2 | No Comments
Family vacations run the gamut from a mountain cabin shared with mice and other creatures to a retirement celebration in Hawaii. As we jump on planes, trains and automobiles for multigenerational summer sojourns, what can we do to guarantee five-star success?
I consulted three experienced family vacationers who’ve traveled near and far with adult children and grandchildren in the toddler-to-teen range. All agree that planning is essential. Who pays for what – transportation, meals, rentals, activities – must be discussed in advance. Are the parents picking up the tab or are adult children expected to pay? How much and for what? Clarifying costs will minimize misunderstandings later.
Location is another key element of vacation bliss, and each spot presents different challenges.
Twice a year, the adult children of Helen Oxenberg, an advice columnist and retired social worker, vacation at her New Jersey home. Her suggestions:
On the beach or at a lake
When I chatted with Ruth Nemzoff, author of Don’t Roll Your Eyes: Making In-Laws Into Family, she was heading off for a swim with her family on a New Hampshire lake. Her suggestions:
This “neutral ground” can inspire family harmony, says Melinda Blau, author of Family Whispering, who recently traveled to Universal Studios Florida with her daughter’s family. Her suggestions:
Mary W. Quigley’s blog, Mothering21, tackles parenting of emerging adults and beyond.
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