The beach is a place to rest and recharge—to escape the realities of daily life.
Perhaps most importantly, it’s a place where parents can cultivate a stronger bond with their children. On the surface, families spend their beach holidays surfing the waves and building sand castles; more specifically, however, the beach is a place where loved ones can spend time together without distractions like extracurriculars and electronic devices. Meanwhile, kids can reap the benefits of having their parents’ full attention.
Ultimately, the beach can strengthen the parent-child bond by being a place that:
- Enhances connections.
Struggling to foster meaningful connections at home? Stress is likely to blame. Families today are especially busy, and if they don’t manage their schedules, they run the risk of feeling overwhelmed.
This is where the beach comes in. Rather than letting their worries get the best of them, parents and children can spend time together, in a scenic environment, relaxing and keeping active. What better way to bond than by soaking in new experiences—especially when those experiences feature calming benefits and include ample outdoor activities?
- Emphasizes family time.
It may seem as though the world is moving at a faster pace than we can manage. For many parents, no matter how hard they try to make time for their kids at home, it can be difficult to feel present. Fortunately, the beach is the perfect antidote to this.
A day at the beach means cycling on the shore, swimming in the deep blue water, admiring the sunset, or even flying a kite together. As discussed, the beach encourages families to enjoy shared experiences, so why not make this an integral part of your trip? At the end of each activity, tell your kids what you liked most, and ask them to share their thoughts as well. Were they afraid of the waves? Did they like the feel of the sand beneath their toes? The conversation topics are endless.
- Improves concentration.
Most people are expert multitaskers nowadays. Some parents write work emails at the dinner table, while kids may swipe through their tablets with the television blaring in the background. We live in digital times, frequently have our eyes on some sort of screen, and praise one another for being tech-savvy.
Can we really pay attention to so many things at once, though? Far too often, multitasking comes at the expense of our concentration. At the beach, however, parents can show their kids the beauty of focusing on just one thing at a time—first the sand, then the water, then the intricate seashells lining the shore—and help them improve their concentration as a result. And better concentration will translate when you’re home and looking to spend higher-quality time together.
In closing, the beach is a place where families can put their electronics away—you wouldn’t want to risk losing your devices or getting them wet—and enjoy one another’s company, playing and splashing and cultivating a bond that shows each family member just how much they are loved and appreciated. Finally, parents and children can truly focus on each other.