After two years, five holidays ( one in the UK and four abroad) we are in the final day of our first truly successful holiday - by that I mean escaping with only minor disagreement and no meltdowns. To get that though we have had to carefully stage manage every hour of every day. Previous holidays have seen very difficult bedtimes (screaming and aggression for up to an hour), at least one major meltdown a day and dinner time stresses. DH and I have been reflecting on what has been different this time!
- same place (3rd time visiting) so very familiar but this time in a single room rather than a one bedroom apartment where children have been sleeping out of sight from us. We think our As5 needs to know that when he wakes he will see us lying right beside him.
- clearly designed day time routines - breakfast, morning outing, lunch, downtime with tv/colouring, afternoon pool time, dinner, bed - no diversion from this.
What have other people found to help with calm and relaxing holidays for all?