Family Vacations Serve as ‘Happiness Anchors’ for Kids Until They Grow Up

Jillianne E. Castillo for Smart Parenting discusses the reasons why going on vacation is more fulfilling for your child than buying them a toy. Psychologist and author Oliver James says this is because the child will value this memory through their childhood which acts an anchor for their happiness that a physical gift can’t provide. Castillo goes on to explain how travel is beneficial for a child’s brain development, and how children need stress relief as much as adults do, and travel as a family can provide that.

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