Holiday: Road Trip
For so many families the holiday break offers an opportunity to go and see far-away relatives you can’t stand - how relaxing. The worst part is, flights are too expensive, so you’re packing all 55 children into the back of the Corolla. Buckle up kids, only 16 hours till we reach your cousins place in Cootamundra!
Hack: Pack Snacks.
When you’re travelling a long distance in the car, the obligatory McDonalds lunch stop ain’t gonna cut it. Road trips are boring and boredom leads to hunger, which leads to hanger, which leads to arguments. Avoid this headache by stuffing the car full of snacks - fruit roll-ups, Red Rock Deli chips, put an entire BBQ chook in the back. Pretend you’re preparing for the apocalypse and load up.
Holiday: Staying with another family
Inevitably there comes a time when you’ll have to go away with another family. Either they’ve got a really good holiday house you want to take advantage of, or your kids are friends and have orchestrated the entire thing without your knowledge. Before you know it, you’re sitting down the coast with a person you barely know, calculating how many meals you have to suffer through.
Hack: Organise separate activities
If you’re hoping to survive a trip away with a fellow family then you’re going to need to lay out some early ground rules. Make it clear your family will need solo time - organise an early beach day or buy tickets to a film but don’t extend the invite. Added bonus - nothing will bond your family quicker than complaining about how weird the other family is.
Holiday: A week at a resort
Some lucky families will undoubtedly be dusting off their passports and heading overseas - Bula Fiji! - to live that resort life for a week or so. But before you start swimming in a breakfast cocktail, you’ve still got to keep an eye on those pesky offspring you produced. Or do you?
Hack: Abuse the Kids Club
The best thing about staying at a resort - besides having club sandwiches twice a day, every day - is the kids club. There is absolutely no shame in using the kids club as a professional babysitter for the duration of your trip. Drop them off when the sun rises and pick them up the day you fly home. Plus, let’s be honest, the kids will be crying out for time away from their parents, so everybody wins!