Whether you're a parent or a kid (or even a GROWN kid!) you know that family members don't always see eye to eye on vacation — or at home. That's why Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Worldwide's upper-upscale, all-suites hotel chain, recently hosted the "Pretty Great Family Debate," a conversation among parents and kids to determine win-win solutions for hot-button issues. Among them:
Hot Topic: Should sweets be a part of the everyday breakfast routine or a special vacation treat?
Win-Win Solution: The a.m. meal is fuel for the day, so it should be healthy and balanced as often as possible. Compromise by allowing a "cheat" once a week like chocolate chip muffins at Sunday breakfast or french toast as a surprise weeknight supper. When you're on vacation and staying with Embassy Suites, everyone in the family gets a free made-to-order breakfast — eggs and omelets the way you want them, cereal, pancakes, fruit . . . you name it, they've got it, so even the pickiest of eaters win!
Hot Topic: How old is old enough for a first cell phone?
Win-Win Solution: There's no "right" or "wrong" answer for this one, since circumstances vary. While Mom and Dad should always be entitled to the last word, perhaps parents and kids can work together to set a realistic timeline that works for their household and a contract outlining where and how the phone can be used. When everyone has a say and feels heard, everyone is satisfied.
Hot Topic: At Embassy Suites, two-room suites (bedroom and living room with sofa bed) are standard, providing parents and kids with two connected-but-separate spaces to spread out and relax. The question is: do you leave the door between the two rooms open or closed?
Win-Win Solution: Factor it into the itinerary. For the perfect balance of shared vs. independent time, set a schedule for when the door stays open (like during TV or game time) and when it gets closed (bed time for kids, quiet time for adults!).