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Open question for those with kids:
How old did your kids have to be before your family vacations actually felt like vacations? Rather than feeling like variations on the usual stress, that is?

Maybe this comes down to the question: At what age does a person learn to relax quietly for an extended period of time, and respect the relaxation of others? When I put it that way, it occurs to me that some people are just born with that ability, while others never learn it their whole lives. But I assume most are somewhere in between, antsy as kids but learning to relax and chill as adults. And I'm wondering when that happens.

Yep. I only come to you for the tough questions, o random internet people.

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travels_in_time
Aug. 29th, 2011 11:18 am (UTC)
Around five or six, for my kids. But I know other people's kids who are much older and still have no clue, so I guess it depends. And it depends on what they like to do, too. Kids who enjoy, for instance, sitting down and reading, or playing cards or board games, are likely to be more relaxing to be around than those who prefer to run around screaming and play-fighting (which generally ends up as real fighting).
mollyringle
Aug. 29th, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC)
*nod*
I'm thinking five for both will be a better place, as the older child is dealing much better these days than he used to, and better than the current toddler as well. They *are* active, in a non-violent but still energetic way. While that's usually good and healthy, it makes them basket cases for a five-hour car ride. I look forward to the age when they can face such a drive without whining. And without me reaching backward to give them snacks/books/distractions, and wrenching my neck/shoulder in the process. Yeah. Hey, it's me whining now! :)