THE UPSIDE OF ALONE TIME
A recent survey by holiday company Neilson has shown that 49 per cent of parents feel guilty about wanting to do their own thing without the kids on their family break, even for a fraction of the day. But according to experts, doing exactly that can be beneficial for everybody. “By spending time away from your children on holiday, you’re allowing them the space they need to develop their autonomy,” says clinical child psychologist Dr Elizabeth Kilbey. “You’re building their resilience. They become self-sufficient and self-reliant and these are vital skills for a child to develop for later life.” ‘Gramping’ (bringing grandparents on family trips to help keep an eye on the kids) is on the rise as a guilt-free holiday childcare solution.