THE average family doesn’t ‘reconnect’ with each other until they are at least two days into their holiday.
A study of 1,000 parents of five to 17-year-olds found 86 per cent see holidays as a key bonding time for them and their children.
More than half put this down to having time to sit and talk to each other, while 64 per cent think it’s because they spend all day, every day, together.
Around two in five believe it helps that not having to worry about the household chores or homework means they are less stressed.
46 per cent said simply being ‘switched off’ from everyday life allows their family to bond.
But the study, commissioned by Solmar Villas, found that the bonding doesn’t start immediately, with families needing a day or two to unwind before they start to reconnect with their loved ones.
It also emerged that while three quarters feel ‘closer’ to their child at the end of a trip, seven in 10 also believe holidays are a key bonding time for both them and their partner.
Julie Blake, MD at Solmar Villas said: “Families struggle to fit in any quality time together with the mayhem of modern life including working parents, after school activities and homework.”
“It’s important for everyone to take a well-deserved break from the world and also to have something to look forward too during the year.”
“January is a key time when families start thinking about the upcoming summer and a chance for a break to enjoy each other’s company.”
“The research proves how vital trips are for both parents and children to reconnect and be away from everyday stress.”
“Whether it’s simply relaxing by the pool, eating out as a family or getting involved in activities, time spent together is important.”
The study also found children are better behaved on holiday than at home, according to half of parents polled.
And three in five think it’s ‘very important’ for kids to have a break from everyday life.
During the average week, mums and dads spend just 10 hours of ‘quality time’ with their youngsters – less than two hours a day.
As a result, a third feel guilty about the lack of time they spend with their children and 48 per cent wish they had more.
And four in five admitted they want to take their kids on as many holidays as possible while they’re young to create memories.
While away, a third of families go on sight-seeing tours, a tenth opt for playing sports and a cultured sixth get involved with local activities.
But parents believe their children most enjoy being away from school and homework, followed by being able to play all day and spending time by the swimming pool.
At the end of a break, 40 per cent of parents feel ‘content’ and more than half are simply ‘happy’.
It also emerged that when choosing where to go on holiday, 79 per cent admitted they make the decision based on what their child will enjoy.
And 28 per cent agreed their trips are more fun now than before they had kids while one in four said their family trips make better memories.
The research, carried out via OnePoll, also found the average household has three holidays a year, including weekend breaks.
And 36 per cent said their preferred trip includes their own villa to have their personal space and pool.
Julie added: “Villa holidays are a great way to reconnect with your family, giving you space and privacy.
“That’s why we have a huge selection of stunning villas in incredible locations around Europe, including family-friendly resorts throughout Spain and Greece.
“All our villas come with a private pool and are within easy reach of the beach, restaurants and shops.
“Whether you want villas with a view or a large villa for multiple families holidaying together, you’re sure to find the perfect holiday for your family, and come home reconnected and recharged.”
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