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The Positive Effects of Family Vacations on Child Development

The Positive Effects of Family Vacations on Child Development

Taking a vacation together as a whole family makes children happier and healthier. That's because the benefits last long after the plane or car ride home. Families should try to set aside time at least once a year when they can get away. It's a chance to get to know one another, make memories, relax and have fun. Here are some of the positive affects family vacations have on child development.

They'll Grow Up Happier

Children who go on vacations grow up happier for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, they feel the love that bonds the family. Spending time with parents away from the stresses of the world makes a child see just how joyous life can be. Making memories together is more lasting than buying toys, so put money toward vacations instead. You might even end up saving money, especially when you look for seasonal discounts and promotions. When a child gets a new toy, chances are they'll only play with it for a few weeks before becoming bored. The memories of a vacation last a lifetime. They are something a child can look back and reflect on whenever they're feeling sad or scared.

Traveling Encourages Beneficial Brain Development

There are so many new things that can be learned while on a family vacation. By integrating new experiences, vacations can become quite educational. There are all sorts of museums, zoos and shows that children can see. It's a chance for them to try new things, learn new skills in a fun environment and get an education without ever realizing they're acquiring one. If you have a vacation outdoors, your child can learn about the wonders of nature. Traveling to an exotic place will help your child learn about that culture. A different country will have new animals, architecture, food and customs to discover.

Vacations Together Build Stronger Family Ties

When you travel as a family, you create stronger bonds. That's because you're away from work, electronics and school. The family finally has time together to really open and up and talk to one another. Children often fight when they're home with their siblings. When they're on vacation, that fighting tends to subside. It's a great opportunity for the kids to hang out together, have an adventure and grow closer. 

A family vacation doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg to be fun and educational. Sometimes, a road trip to a new city is all it takes. As long as the family is together making memories, that's what matters. The positive effects will last a lifetime.

In addition to family vacations, reading books to your child is healthy for their development. Check out our books that you can make to read to your child!

How to Treat These 4 Common Childhood Illnesses

How to Treat These 4 Common Childhood Illnesses

Kids aren't always good at sharing toys, but they are great at sharing germs. From babyhood through the school-age years, your child will probably come down with quite a few illnesses. As a parent, you may feel helpless when your little one is under the weather. Here are steps you can take to ease your child's suffering, even when you can't make everything all better.

Strep Throat

If your child has a painful sore throat and a fever, strep throat might be the cause. When you think your child has strep, it's important to visit the doctor. If the strep test comes back positive, a course of antibiotics can clear up the infection. While waiting for the medication to take effect, give your child fluids and warm soup. After recovery, prevent reinfection by throwing away your child's old toothbrush.

Sinus Infections

Just like adults, kids can suffer sinus infections. In fact, childhood ear and sinus infections are more common because of the smaller size of a child's head. Your child's doctor may recommend that you use saline irrigation, nasal sprays or a warm compress to help relieve the symptoms of an infection. In some cases, antibiotic treatment may be required. If the infections are the result of allergies, your child may need to get allergy shots or take daily medications to help prevent future flare-ups.

Upset Stomach

Stomach bugs can cause pain, vomiting and diarrhea. During this time, avoid giving your child food. It's important to keep him or her hydrated, but stick to clear liquids administered in small sips. If the pain is severe or concentrated in one part of the abdomen, consult a doctor to rule out appendicitis. Remember, the rotavirus vaccine is a helpful way to prevent one type of intestinal infection.


A childhood respiratory infection can turn into croup. This condition is characterized by a barky cough that sounds like the noise a seal makes. If your child starts coughing like this, take him or her in the bathroom, shut the door and run a hot shower to create steamy air. If your child is having a hard time taking breaths, it's time for a trip to the emergency room for a breathing treatment. You want to make sure your child is getting proper treatment early on so the infection can be controlled before it gets too serious.

Your child is likely to get sick now and then. When that happens, your loving care and attention can help nurse him or her back to health.

It’s no fun being sick, so it’s a great opportunity for you to read to your child to comfort them. For personalized books tailored to your family, check out our selection of books that you can create with your own pictures and memories.

Going Back to School? How to Help Your Child Understand

Going Back to School? How to Help Your Child Understand

The decision to go back to school as a parent can be a very big one. Completing your degree is a cause for celebration, but there can be much less flexibility, as being a parent is a full-time job. Plenty have been able to pull it off, but it requires a good deal of planning and communication. This is how you can help your child understand what's going on.

Talk with Other Moms

This might be a new experience for you, but there are plenty of moms who have pulled off being a student and being a parent. It's increasingly common for mothers to return to school to pursue their educational aspirations when they determine that the time is right. This means that there are many women who are in a similar situation or have been in a similar situation. Network with these moms and get their takes. If you have a part-time or full-time job, talk with other working moms. They should let you know about how they're able to take care of all their responsibilities. Having a support group of other moms can really help.

Be Positive

If you're going into this with a pessimistic outlook, it's going to transfer to your child. It's not going to be easy, but it will be worth it. Focus on the good that'll come from going back to school. When you're feeling stressed, remember what goal you're working towards. Talk to your child about this change in positive terms. Children are like emotional sponges, and the better you feel, the better they'll feel.

Let Them Express Themselves

Your child is likely to have all kinds of emotions about this, and they might not know how exactly to express them. To help, you should let them candidly tell you about how they're feeling. If they seem shy or reluctant to speak up, make sure they know that they're free to express themselves. They should also feel open to ask you questions about what going back to school will be like.

Give Them a Customized Storybook

Sometimes a bit of creativity can make an unfamiliar situation easier to deal with. A customized storybook centered around your child (make sure to refer to them by name and include a photo) can help them to better accept this new scenario. Make sure the story gives equal attention to you and them. It can help to present complex concepts in a way they can more easily understand.

The initial adjustment of you going back to school may be difficult for your child. You need to make sure that you're keeping their feelings in mind while also working on your own goals. As they grow up, they will be proud of you for just how much determination and perseverance you exhibited.