Vacations are a time to let loose, have fun, forget all your worries, and enjoy yourself. However, as a parent, that is not always possible when traveling with children. It can be hard finding the balance between letting children enjoy themselves while on vacation and when to say “enough is enough” with bad behavior. Finding the right level of discipline, so as to not ruin everyone’s vacation, can be a tricky situation but these tips might help.
How to Discipline Your Children During Vacations
Depending on the age of the child, the misbehavior may simply be a sign that he or she is tired. If this is the case, you can prearrange an hour everyday for napping or relaxation in your comfortable Downtown San Diego hotel room.
If the misbehavior is occurring in public, then it may simply be a request for attention. Reinforcing this behavior by giving them attention would be a reward. Instead, an effective method to use is an on-the-spot timeout. This works by sitting your child down, whether it’s the entrance to a restaurant or an aisle of a store. View their brief punishment as a temporary break for yourself as well.
Use Punishments that are Easy to Enforce
Not only is it important to set clear rules and guidelines about what is and is not appropriate while on vacation, but you also need to make sure both you and your children know what the repercussions are going to be if they choose to misbehave, and explain to them why the behavior won’t be tolerated. Consequences can include things like revoking cell phone privileges, instilling an earlier bedtime, or taking away some of their “vacation allowance” with each temper tantrum.
It’s important to realize that when you go on vacation, your job as a parent does not. In the end, disciplining your children will make the trip a better one, especially if you have a clear set of rules outlined before leaving for your travels.
With all this said, remember that vacations for you and your family should be fun! Let kids be part of the planning process so that they’re excited about the day’s activities, making them much more likely to stay in good spirits
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