Vacationing with the Grandparents

December 10, 2009 at 11:44 am , by

Picture 10I have a confession to make: I have never been on a vacation with my kids without a set of grandparents there to help. And here’s the crazy part—I have no desire to.

I love vacationing with my parents. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved. And here’s why:

1. My kids get to spend a big chunk of time with their grandparents. Rather than a quick overnight or a weekend visit, it gives them a week to really get to know each other and have some great bonding experiences. My mom just took Sophia to see the Nutcracker—and I got the day off! Which brings me to my next point…

2. You actually get a break to spend time with your spouse. My husband and I always have one date night when we’re on vacation with my folks: Last year it was a beachside dinner on the 10-year anniversary of the day we met (everybody now…AWWWW!). It’s so nice knowing that the kids are well cared for and bonus—we don’t have to pay the babysitter. Which brings me to my next point…

3. It saves money. This one’s a biggie. I’m lucky enough to have parents with a house in Florida so we can take a day trip to Disney World without getting a hotel. And since they own the house, you don’t get a big hotel bill at the end of your stay. We also get free hotel transfers, free room and board, and free babysitting services. What could be wrong with that?

So, tell me…do you vacation with all three generations? Where have you been? Where are you going to next?

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