August 19, 2014

5 Vacation Memory Lessons From A Tween Traveler


Vacation Memory Lessons

I remember one vacation from my childhood, a trip to California with my grandparents. That family vacation was everything to me, not just when I was 7, but for many years to come. Even today it takes me back to 1977. vacation memories

So when I became a mom I wanted BabyGirl to have more than just one vacation to shape her childhood memories. About a year ago, as I talked to her about memories from our recent vacations I learned a big lesson. My desire to make memories for her, no matter how big or amazing or magical or fantastical were just that. My vacation memories. She needed to make her own vacation memories and instead of trying so hard I needed to let go.

5 vacation memory lessons from a tween

  • Kids will remember things differently than parents but it’s supposed to be that way.
  • A child’s idea of fun may not be the same as mom and dad.
  • Memories are personal and can come from experiences both big and small.
  • Parents’ joy and excitement, as well as my other emotions and feelings, shape the memories others make.
  • Kids aren’t thinking about making memories, they’re just trying to have fun in that moment.

Tween Vacation Collage

Out of the mouth of babes, yes? These kids are so much smarter than we give them credit. Shared experiences can turn in to memories. But as a parent my job is to provide opportunities to create memories, not to force my ideas of what should become her lifelong childhood memory.

Tween Statue of Liberty Selfie

Here’s to superhero families and childhood memories to last a lifetime!



Kate @ Songs Kate Sang August 19, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Have a great trip!

Jill Greenlaw August 22, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Thanks for sharing these fun tips. We are excited to connect with you next week.

Sara August 23, 2014 at 12:07 am


I look forward to meeting all the wonderful families at the event!

jyl from @momitforward August 24, 2014 at 8:42 am

It’s so true… kids aren’t trying to make memories; they are trying to have fun. And it’s that fun that leads to the awesome memories. Such an important reminder for us adults. It’s the simple and small moments that start conversations and keep us laughing years down the road.

Sara August 24, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Thank you for visiting my site and commenting, Jyl. As someone who’s big on travel with your kids, I’m glad you found the tips a good reminder. Looking forward to seeing you at Family Forward!

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