By KATHY WILSON
Teenagers get lots of bad press these days but I have to admit, I’m finding that some things do get easier as my kids get older.
Yes, we get moodiness in our household. And attitude… But most days I actually love having a teenager around.
I love having an in-house gadget technician who knows where to find a critical work file that has been accidentally sent to the “Cloud” (whatever that is).
I love tucking him in at night and wondering how he got so big that his feet poke out the bottom of the doona. And wondering what happened to the tiny baby I brought home from the hospital.
But one thing does get harder as my kids get older. And that’s family holidays.
Gone are the days when a double scoop of Hokey Pokey ice-cream was the ultimate in holiday indulgence (although happily that still rocks my 7 year-old’s world).
Instead, recent holidays have become a battle of wills.
Me – limiting device time and getting hurt by my son’s inability to resist the siren call of his friends on social media.
He – unable to believe I could spend 3 hours playing Cluedo without once checking my phone.
There are no winners in those battles.
But recently we had the chance to spend a long weekend at Sea World Resort on the Gold Coast and like magic the conflict disappeared. Suddenly, it felt like the, “old days” with everyone excitedly clamouring over what to do next.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by Village Roadshow Theme Parks. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in their own words.
Sure there were ice creams, but there were also experiences that went way deeper. And, I suspect, will last way longer.
At some point, it dawned on me that maybe as our kids get older, the thinking behind our holidays need to change.
So, based on one of our best family holidays ever, here’s a list of questions I plan to ask myself each time I think about booking a trip away:
1. Are there adventures to be had?
Older kids need action and the Sea World Resort has action that suits both teenagers and younger siblings in spades.
The Resort backs right onto Sea World, so you can either stroll straight into Sea World or take a short trip to Warner Bros. Movie World or Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast. Entrance to all of them is included as part of the Resort’s VIP Theme Park Package.
In our short stay, we managed to pack in a Dolphin Family Adventure, a Seal Safari and a Dolphin Discovery Presentation.