A Sense of Humor Is Required When Vacationing with a Toddler

Trying to enjoy a beach vacation with a toddler in tow is no easy feat – sitting back and relaxing comes in 20 minute increments {if at all} and usually ends with two exhausted parents watching past seasons of Scandal all night in the dark with headphones. But you’re in paradise, so everything is great with a little humility and a sense of humor.

You Need a Sense of Humor When Vacationing with a Toddler

I refuse to complain about any aspect of being on vacation with my family – we’re at the beach during the start of the winter season – I refuse. It’s lovely, but you seriously need a sense of humor when vacationing with a toddler, otherwise you’ll undoubtedly lose your mind and find yourself frustrated over every little unplanned misstep.

You Need a Sense of Humor When Vacationing with a Toddler

To further my point, let me share a little story with you. My family and I were walking to dinner around 5:45pm several nights ago and after observing my daughter’s behavior throughout the day, specifically the last 20 minutes, I knew the dinner wasn’t going to work. After a day of sun, an abundance of apple juice, and insufficient sleep, she was totally crazed and tired – the perfect recipe for a meltdown.

Her normal bedtime is 7pm, so a 6pm dinner reservation was pushing it and we knew it. I looked at my husband and said, this is not a good idea, but because we are on vacation, we went anyways.

The minute we sat down my gut feeling became reality, with food and utensils flying, our dinner was about to last approximately 30 seconds. During the next five minutes, as we decided what to do {we had already ordered her dinner}, we promptly had a little parent pity party – is eating dinner not allowed anymore? – we griped.

After a few moments of complicit whining and reminiscing about our childless days, we ordered a drink and watched our daughter push some macaroni and cheese around in a bowl. Three bites of macaroni and two drinks later, dinner was over.

The moral of my story is this – toddlers keep you on your toes at all times, even more so on vacation when they are out of their element. My daughter’s behavior that night at dinner wasn’t stellar, but when she wasn’t throwing food, she was telling one heck of a story in her zany toddler gibberish. Once my husband and I snapped out of grump-mode, we were able to laugh with her and make the best of our brief night out.

You Need a Sense of Humor When Vacationing with a Toddler

Vacationing with a toddler is unpredictable, challenging, and so so fun. While our lives might be slightly more hectic at times, they are filled with more love than we could have ever imagined – viewing the world through the eyes of a toddler is truly magical.

What is your favorite travel experience with your family? 


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