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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.

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