Why parents should invest on beach vacations

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Research show kids treasure family beach vacation more than toys

Research shows beach vacations for British or American kids are their most treasured childhood memories while for Filipinos and other Asians perhaps, going to Boracay or Bohol beaches top the memory bank. I know this because tell-tales of fun and happy memories at the beach is always a favorite topic among friends and family, especially now that we live in the cold-weather state of Chicago.

There’s something about water, sand, and the sun that makes kids excited. But what’s amazing is the effect of beach-vacation in their brain and memory that actually helps them cope with stress. A study shows people who live near ocean views have peace of mind and better sense of well-being.

Happy memories make better adults

Remember the times when you were feeling down and you see a memorable family vacation photo that shifts your down moment? Life will not always be rosy that is why the Apostle Paul reminds us to dwell, meaning stay on these memories or character, that is excellent or praiseworthy things. (Philippians 4:8)

Statistically, a broken home full of bad memories spells bad behavior and low school performance, its a given. Thus, a happy home produces better kids that are happier and performs better in school. When they become parents themselves, those attributes will likely stay.

Do it now

“Kids like sameness, security and feeling safe,” said pediatrician Dr. Suanne Kowal-Connelly, a (New York Times). Thus, parents have limited time to help kids collect happy memories. Once they grow into an adult, their sense of security changes and would often rather go with friends than family.

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Even if the vacation turns out scary or inconvenient, the fun part will always be top of mind.

Scientific effects of vacationing at the beach

Child psychotherapist Dr. Margot Sunderland said, “What is less widely known is that holidays can also advance brain development in children.” The sun’s light waves penetrate brain receptors that positively affect mental acuity. Sunlight also provides Vitamin D that will actually help your kids grow healthy bones and of course, it helps to increase dopamine levels, which in turns create happy kids. (NCBI)

Buy fewer toys, save on vacation

Author Oliver James said “Family holidays are valued by children, both in the moment and for long afterward in their memory. So if you’re going to spend money on something, it’s pretty clear which option makes more sense.” (Telegraph. Buying expensive toys may also be bad because kids may put more value on things rather than the concept of giving. The Bible tells us that it is better to give than to receive (Acts 20:35)

Gifts you should never give to kids 12 and below.

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