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going to the beach

We are going to the beach at the end of the month, there will be 5 adults and 8 children ages 1 to 13. We are all staying in a beach house together, there will be 1 13 year old boy the rest are girls, any ideas on how to keep the peace between so many kids for an entire week?

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BusyBeesmom

Asked by BusyBeesmom at 9:17 AM on Jul. 7, 2010 in Travel

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  • Keep them busy! Take them to pick up shells on the beach, have games available, etc.
    neebug3766

    Answer by neebug3766 at 9:20 AM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • Make sure there is enough space for them and not be all cramped up. Get some yard games and board games to take with, plan some scavenger hunts things like that. Parents are going to have to interact with the kids and not just hope things will go smoothly. I love it when I go camping and the kids are playing in the water, stealing each other's stuff, throwing sand, and picking on each other and the parents are laying on their lawn chairs or chatting with the other adults and yell at the kids to knock it off... thats it! They don't move, they don't interact, just yell...
    Lifes-A-Dance

    Answer by Lifes-A-Dance at 9:21 AM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • 1. Don't make the older children responsible for the younger children.

    2. Don't force the older boy (and children) to HAVE to do what the younger children are doing--have an adult let them explore and swim in the ocean according to their abilities.

    3. Allow the only boy to do "boy stuff!" He may just want to listen to his iPod (or equivalent), check out girls, and lay on the beach--all perfectly fine and acceptable! :o)

    I've seen it all too often, the "one size fits all" approach on family vacations--and they RARELY work to everyone's satisfaction. It's important to realize that a family vacation needs to take into account EVERY person's needs and wants. I think it would be helpful to plan/schedule days that take care of the needs/interests of each age group.
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 9:25 AM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • Keep them busy, so at night they are tired and ready to crash!!! Take flashlights to look for crabs on the beach at night, and yes, buckets to build sandcastles...any age its fun to do!
    ShelbysHope

    Answer by ShelbysHope at 9:26 AM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • JUST HAVE FUN!
    shannonsmom555

    Answer by shannonsmom555 at 9:28 AM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • I agree wholeheartedly with what Lori said- and going to add, keep them fed. Don't let them get dehydrated or hungry (take snacks and water EVERYWHERE with you). When kids are hungry or very thirsty, they are miserable!
    ObbyDobbie

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 9:32 AM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • Assign schedule and task according to age group. The only problem I see is how to manage the bathroom problem in the mornings.

    musicmom08

    Answer by musicmom08 at 3:59 PM on Jul. 8, 2010

  • Plenty of games, healthy foods, dvd's, books, etc. Maybe take kids to different places based on their ages. Great supervision is required at the beach because with so many children, things could get dangerous. Assign an adult to certain children and have that person be responsible for keeping watch for those kids, then everyone together.
    joysings

    Answer by joysings at 5:17 PM on Jul. 9, 2010

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