Today we returned from our first holiday abroad as a family of 5. We went to a lovely campsite in Northern France where we stayed in a Thomson Al Fresco mobile home, and it was brilliant! We went with friends and spent evenings drinking beer and wine on the deck while the kiddies slept inside, I read my first book in 3 years and most importantly the kids had an amazing time.
I’ll admit that there was a moment in the middle where I thought ‘ I need to be back home now’, just because three small, demanding children in a small space felt a little overwhelming, but we soon settled into it and found a pattern to the day that worked for us all.
S and Z played tennis, went out on a canoe, did lots of swimming and even went to EuroDisney, they did not want to come home.
I learned a lot about travelling with children:
- Load the ipod with a variety of music, if the only children’s songs you have are ‘The Time Warp’ and ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ it makes for a very long journey!
- Do not feed the baby a bottle of milk and then go on a ferry in rough looking sea. Then definitely do not give the baby, big brother’s monkey to play with when she is looking a little green.
- Ferries are not smooth…..
- Sit Z and S on opposite sides of the car, to avoid hitting, biting and food stealing incidents.
- Sat Nav is not always right. This makes husbands grumpy!
- Children are scared of really heavy rain.
- Take ear phones, so when there are 3 children crying in the back of the car, you can take yourself off to a happy place.
- Never ever believe little S when she says ‘Im am sure I don’t need a wee’ – applies to non holiday situation also.
- Always have enough seats in pushchairs for all the children, never assume one will walk.
- Children do not understand the concept of a queue.
Although the very best thing was all the little smily faces!