Being a marriage and family counselor, I give out a wide variety of counsel to families and an even wider variety of suggestions for methods to re-prioritize their family life above other things. I was recently meeting with a family that is within the middle of a big family crisis. Lots of things are going wrong and they are far from being whole and healed, but one of my initial suggestions to them surprised them virtually as much as it surprised me. I suggested that they plan a beach vacation as soon as feasible and that they get away as an whole family.
In truth, I had never suggested to clients that they get away on a beach vacation just before. In reality, it had never entered my mind until that day just how critical it is that families have time together away from the typical routines of life. I have had the privilege of vacationing with my husband and kids yearly for as lengthy as I can keep in mind, yet for some reason I had never thought to suggest this remedy to other people. I guess I was perhaps assuming that all families took time for beach vacations.
One of the reasons I suggested that this specific family get away on a beach vacation was that one of their most severe problems hinged on the fact that the father of the family, loving as he was, was a workaholic. He spent nearly eighty hours working every week and hence his wife and youngsters felt incredibly neglected by him. He was under the impression that they had been thankful for his provision, which they had been, but even a lot more than provision his loved ones wanted his attention and affection. So I suggested that he take two weeks off from work and that the entire family of six go on a beach vacation.
When you think about it, a beach vacation is good due to the fact it gets you away from the routines of life. There's no want to talk on cell phones, check emails, or be running here and there each and every evening to attend meetings or events. A beach vacation is the ideal getaway for couples and families that want to relax and be un-distracted in time together. They can invest days on end merely enjoying the beach, the water, and lazy time together. There is maybe nothing as therapeutic for a family than extended time together. This family took my advice and scheduled a beach vacation to Mexico just weeks after our appointment. They returned from their two week beach vacation and were full of laughter and a sense of re-connection. They told me that they planned to take a two week beach vacation every year because of how fantastic it had been for them.