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Your Summer Vacation Survival Guide
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by Boys Town Contributor

tags: Connecting with Kids

Your Summer Vacation Survival Guide


We’ve all seen the movie. We all know what can happen when you pack Mom, Dad and the kids into the family car or an airplane to head across the country on vacation. So, how can you make the most of this annual tradition while minimizing the chance of catastrophe? We’ve pulled together a variety of articles, videos and tips to help!

Set Ground Rules for Gaming

Young boy in bedroom using laptop and listening to MP3 player  

These days, it’s natural for teenagers and younger children to want to bring their video games on vacation. Whether it’s a console system plugged into a lakeside cabin’s TV or simply a hand-held gaming device, tablet or smartphone, kids want to play games. But there is a time and place for everything. 

Play It Safe and Smart

Three kids laughing in car on a road trip. Kids are aged 10 and 7. The kids are laughing and embracing, Sunny summer day.  

Part of the fun of vacations is that they offer a break from everyday life. This also means they can present certain unique safety issues. Here are a couple of suggestions to keep your whole family safe.

  Give Them Something to Talk About

Excited family on a road trip in car, rear passenger POV  

Whether in the car or waiting in line at the amusement park, these conversation starters can keep the kids engaged and entertained.

Keep the Peace Among Siblings

Two sisters  

Spending all day, every day together can sometimes lead to a bit of sibling rivalry. Teach your kids appropriate ways they should treat each other, not only on vacation but at home as well.

Meltdowns Happen. Here’s How to Handle Them

childish tantrums, tears and hysterics  

Vacations often mean long days, and long days mean tired kids, which can sometimes lead to meltdowns. While its best to try to stick to some type of routine even while traveling, we know that isn’t always possible. So, should a meltdown occur, here are some tips on how to handle it.