Family Vacations Help You Slow Down and Reconnect

Aah, thank God it’s Friday! I can finally take a break from this crazy week. I just need to pick up the kids, quickly run to the grocery store, cook dinner, put the kids to bed and then I can relax! As I’m driving towards the daycare I consider what we might do during the weekend. Maybe I’ll bring Sam and Jane to that kids’ paint class at the gallery. Or is that next weekend? If the weather is nice, we could go to the playground. I’m smiling as I think how nice it would be just to hang out and focus on the kids. Slowly my smile fades. I remember the pile of laundry. There’s at least five loads. Oh yeah, and there’s that dresser drawer that keeps falling out every time I open it.

“Mom!” “She hit me!” “No, I didn’t!” my daughter says with a tone I know suggests guilt. I’m snapped back into reality. “Did you remember to look for your hat at school today?” I ask my son. “Mom, I looked everywhere, I can’t find it. It must have fallen out of my bag,” as if it is someone else’s fault. My blood begins to boil with the thought that this is the third hat gone missing this winter. These kids think money grows on trees!

And before I know it, the weekend is over. Monday has come around and the routine starts all over again. Drop offs, work, pick-ups… running from one activity to the next. One morning I look at my 4-year-old. She’s smiling at me sweetly. In that moment, I’m fully present and realize I need to savor it before its gone.

Does that sound familiar? For many of us, this is life. It is just a reality. We have kids, we work and the combination of everything can sometimes just be overwhelming. If we have time off, it’s filled with taking care of other personal responsibilities. If we are not careful, it will not be just a weekend that has passed by but years, and we will wonder if we spent the quality time with our families that we really wished for.

There is a way, if not to stop that progression, to at least slow it down. Take a vacation! When you are on vacation, by definition, there is no work, no school. You don’t see all the things that have to be cleaned and fixed. There’s only you, your family, and perhaps a nice cocktail waiting for you at the bar. No, in all seriousness, it’s the time with your family when time really does seem to slow down. The days seem longer. After a few days of adjusting you wake up in the morning actually feeling refreshed and excited to start the day and explore. There’s quality time. You play, you laugh and at the end of the day you collapse in a cozy bed not from weary exhaustion but from sheer fun.

Five years ago when we joined the family business at the Sun & Ski Inn and Suites in Stowe, Vermont, we dreamed of creating such a place. A place where people could go to get away from the mundane, have fun, explore, relax and reconnect with loved ones, whether it’s your spouse, kids or a group of old friends. In 2016, this place became a reality. Now it’s up to you. You just have to show up… and just be.