Don’t worry, it will be a beautiful adventure! A few days away with dad while mum is at work could turn out to be aunforgettable experience of growth and an excellent contingent opportunity to strengthen the father-children relationship.
Whether it’s a weekend or a real seven-day vacation, exploring new places only with dad (always with the necessary precautions and adequate travel planning) can be imagined and organized not only because of family needs and work force to separate holidays, but also to give children a different experience than usual.
We talked about it with the educator Maria Angela Grassi, president of the National Association of Italian Pedagogists (Anpe) e Patrizia Bertini, founder of the family travel portal www.familygo.eu.
“Families choose to take separate holidays for the most diverse reasons: when you can’t count on grandparents during the closure of schools, or in the case of separated parents” he explains the pedagogist Maria Angela Grassi.
Modern fathers have many chances to “survive” when they grow up, alone with the little ones: “It must be said that fathers are increasingly able to perform tasks they were not prepared for in the past and they carve out times that were not their prerogative before ( like feeding baby food or changing diapers): it is very important that the family know each other find moments of individualized relationship. If everyday life is structured in such a way that dad and child have opportunities for close relationships, then even the holiday together will be a natural moment“.
How to choose the perfect holiday based on the age and tastes of the little ones?
Here are some second trip proposals Patrizia Bertini of FamilyGo.
«Especially when the father has no way to spend a lot of time with his child during the year – explains the expert -, we look for an itinerary linked to curiosity, where together we discover something new. There is always to consider the age of the child and his autonomy. With children under 3 the ideal is to favor a slow holiday among nature, trips to the playground and to see the animals, while from 4 years up the range of proposals opens under the sign of knowledge and play in the form of adventure. . You can opt for interactive museums in European cities, literary itineraries and itineraries inspired by the imagination ». Here are some ideas.
First of all, we feed the idea of travel before leaving. «A good solution can be the combination travel-book: we choose itineraries related to fairy tales or to the favorite readings of our children. The experience will therefore be discovering the places of the imagination from life. They can be the places described in Greek myths or the scenarios of the adventures of their heroes and heroines. Here are some ideas:
- “You can organize a trip to Denmark on the trail Vikings (where there is no lack of dedicated museums) “;
- “In Germany walking around the homes of kings and princesses (an idea? Visit the palace of Wilhelmina of Prussia, the favorite sister of Frederick the Great in Bayreuth) or dive into the fairy tale world of the Grimm brothers in Kassel “;
- «For all young passionate readers of Jules Verne’s novels, a must is the French town of Nantes. There you can visit the museum dedicated to this writer and the fascinating Machines de l’Ile, where children will be amazed by the fantastic machines of Vernian inspiration, such as the gigantic elephant taken from the masterpiece “Around the world in 80 days” »;
- “For those who do not want to leave Italy there are the myths ofancient Rome, to be discovered anywhere on a visit to the capital ».
Traveling in nature
Let’s not forget the dimension of Nature: «We are always looking for destinations where children can be outdoors in the green. Furthermore, if the children are young, they may appreciate itineraries where they meet farms with animals. Participating in tactile workshops is also a proposal that is generally accepted with enthusiasm ».
«Little ones don’t like doing tiring activities just to struggle: they need fulfilling experiences. For this reason, if you want to take them on mountain trails, we prefer walks where you can live magical experiences. An example is the Val di Fiemme and its Forest of violins, an enchanted place that will immerse you in its sounds, or the more “adventurous” Forest of Dragons ».