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Tori Spelling Discusses Family Vacations

Tori Spelling Talks Family Vacations: Have We Made Our Lives Too Kid-Friendly?

We're excited to bring you a new post from ediTORIal by Tori Spelling, Tori's daily blog about everything from food and fashion to parenting and relationships. This week, Tori shares her thoughts on American vs. European vacation styles.

Mamas, I want your take on something. Dean and I have been going back and forth on whether or not we should go on a vacation alone — he wants to, and I refuse to go on any trips without the kids. I’m wondering, do you always bring the family, or do you ever go on vacations without the kids?

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Our conversation made me reflect back to a trip I took to Europe years ago. It seemed like Europeans did everything with their kids, and their children were also much more cultured than American children. Unlike American kids, they really engaged in conversations with adults and had no need for Game Boys or iPads. In Sardinia, I saw two kids playing chess on the beach next to their parents who were reading!

European kids are treated more like little adults: no kids menus, no kids pools. It makes me wonder, why do we, as Americans, seem to create a separate culture for our kids? Have we made our vacations family-friendly at the cost of being relaxing for the adults?


It seems like Europeans bring their kids everywhere so effortlessly. Is there a way to blend a family vacation while still feeling like you’ve had your adult time?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic below!

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i do think its important to have "grown-up time".  how about a weekend away?  maybe when your youngest is 6 months, or weighs 15 lbs. (if either of those make you feel more "okay" about leaving her).  even if you stay in a hotel in the same area where you live, it can be fun to go to a spa or a concert and focus on THAT, rather than what time you have to pick up the kids, get up in the morning, etc.  the first time we went away it was during the school week, so 2 of mine were in school, and they were more focused on their own activities, than where mom and dad were.  and to make sure its a success, leave the kids with care takers that they know (and like, lol) and have a schedule of when you will call and when you will be back.  when kids know what to expect it's just easier. 
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