The 9 Crazy Stages of Holidays With Kids

27 September 2019
Read Time: 1.3 mins

It's family holiday time...

You’ve spent an age planning, held it up like a mirage in the desert of parenthood, survived the flight and now you’re officially a family on holiday. You’re probably thinking you’re on easy street and relaxation is just around the corner.

Ha. Ha. Sorry, newsflash: fun and relaxation on holidays with kids have new definitions.

Let the GIFing holiday fun begin.

1. Getting to your hotel 

Leaving the airport be like:

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Where is the bag with all the passports?

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Why do we have this [insert unnecessary toy]?

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The feeling when you find a taxi or transport option that will get you there in one piece.

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Um, where the heck are we?

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2. Checking in

Keeping everyone at the desk while you check in...

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Choosing beds

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Offloading your precious minis in the kids club, stat. You love them but you also love your sanity.

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3. Establishing holiday rules and routines

Dilemma of whether to let them have sugar/screentime/anything they aren’t allowed at home

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Setting an appropriate holiday bedtime

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To braid or not to braid in the South Pacific or Bali

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Figuring out which parent gets to have all the cocktails, which night

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4. Dividing parental responsibilities

Parents doing paper, rocks, scissors to see who’s responsible for the kids

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It’s your turn to be the lifeguard…

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5. Any meal with kids

From memories of the holiday dining of old...

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To this:

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And then this: your kid refusing to eat a meal they loved yesterday.

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Getting indigestion from eating too fast because you want this hell to be over.

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6. Sightseeing and adventuring

How to keep everyone accounted for:

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Retracing your steps for the favourite toy after it gets left behind

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Misplacing a child momentarily

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Finding said child blissfully unaware of the chaos they caused

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Ignoring the completely non-annoying question are we there yet? for the thousandth time...

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7. Quality time together 

Teenagers ghosting their parents to avoid un-cool vibes by the pool

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Everyone on devices

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Relaxing ‘peacefully’ by the pool

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8. Checking out

Both sad and relieved

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9. Back home remembering the fun despite the madness

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Desta Cullen

A writer, editor and content creator for Flight Centre, Desta loves nothing more than hopping on a plane in the name of travel. From jumping off mountains in Turkey to exploring Amsterdam from two wheels or sampling the best of a Thai street-food market, the timbre of Desta's holidays have taken a detour since having her first child but hunting down the best flavours and good times is still the aim of the game.