If you are still able to take your children on family vacations then you are very lucky. Our last family vacation was spring break of 2004. We took the kids on a 7-day cruise and, now thinking back on it, it must have worked since they were able to come and go without much interaction with Mom or Dad. We met each night for dinner, then other than passing on the ship, we rarely saw them. Cruises are great for families, but I'm here to tell you "stuff still happens" but as parent we just might not know about it!
Each year after 2004, we have not been able to convince our children to vacation with us. They on the other hand have been going with other friends and families on some pretty extravagant vacations. (Several of which I would like to have been the friend tagging along too).
This year is no exception. My husband and I will be going to Cabo San Lucas for spring break; Susannah will be traveling to the eastern Caribbean Islands, and David …..Well his agenda is not set in stone yet. At 19-years-old, Cabo is only appealing if we (mom and dad) aren't going!!
I have the most wonderful memories of vacations when the kids were NOT teens! Those were the days, problems were easily solved, and it was easy to keep them entertained and happy (not to mention they fell asleep early). But life moves on quickly and those days are gone forever, or at least until they discover that we are really "worth hanging out with again."
Honestly, my kids are doing exactly what I did when I was their age. Seems like my last attendance on a family vacation with Harry, Joan and Jeff was when I was 15-years-old. At around 35 they began to look like good companions again!!!! Ha! I guess what go's around comes around.