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A post-vacation readjustment

July 12, 2013
 |  by Julie

A post-vacation readjustment

I don’t know if you’re like this with your kids, but when I’m on vacation, I tend to let the rules slide.

“What’s that? You want to stay up two hours past your bedtime to keep playing with your cousin? Well . . . okay.”

“I know you’re getting tired of being in the car. Here, watch another movie.”

“You want another one of Grandma’s cookies? Actually, I want one, too. Here you go.”

From trying to appease weary, bored little travelers, to wanting to enjoy my own time without meltdowns, to simply being out of our routine by all that comes with travel – the last few weeks have been a time of indulgence, treats and bendable rules.

I really shouldn’t have been surprised at how tricky it would be to adjust my children back to our normal routines and rules once we got back home. It’s tough for kids to understand – vacation is temporary. It sure would be nice to be on vacation forever, but that’s not life. And it’s not good to constantly live in a state of indulgence.

Unfortunately, this is not exactly a welcome message to my four year old. She had gotten so used to vacation treats and lax rules that once we got home, hearing the word no seemed monumentally tragic.

“But whyyyyyyyy can’t I stay up late?”

“But I wannnnnt another cookie!”

It’s so hard to say no sometimes, especially when you know you’re going to be dealing with some major whining as a result. To be honest, even when we’re not in vacation mode, I oftentimes find it hard to say no – especially when the request doesn’t seem like a big deal.

But life is full of disappointments, and we can’t always have what we want, right? Sounds like a good time to delve into Kids of Integrity’s Contentedness lesson! Won’t you join us as we discover “the secret of being content in any and every situation”?

Related Lesson: Contentedness