You might think that only working adults need holidays and that most children don’t need to take a break from their daily routine. However, research shows there are a number of reasons why every child should enjoy holidays. They don’t have to be expensive or complicated trips, just a break or two away from their current home life.
Here are five reasons why a holiday is just the ticket for every child:
Trying something new: Holidays present children with new experiences, outside of their home and school life. A day on the beach could mean a child’s first experience of the ocean or play time in a rock pool with tiny crabs and sea anemones.
A change of scenery: Every individual needs a change now and again, especially from the humdrum of everyday life. This is no less true for children, especially those from underprivileged communities who live difficult lives. It is good for these children to escape their daily routines and see that there are other ways to be in the world.
Getting physical: A child-friendly holiday often means getting outside – walking, swimming, running, skipping, jumping and playing ball sports. Today’s children tend to live sedentary lifestyles, often in front of screens. Holidays are a chance to get out there and exercise. This makes for happier, healthier children.
Making new connections: A group holiday or one that involves other families can bring children into contact with other children, giving them a chance to form new friendships, shared experiences, and memories.
Learning more: New experiences and interactions are opportunities for learning. At the Mercury Hibberdene Children’s Holiday Home, for example, children are able to play and learn with the help of trained volunteers who are dedicated to encouraging and developing the young minds in their care.
No matter a child’s circumstances, a holiday can be an invaluable experience, with the potential to change that child’s view of the world and themselves. At the Mercury Hibberdene Children’s Holiday Home, we provide underprivileged children the opportunity to have a holiday – often the only holiday they’ve ever experienced. Why not help your local community by making a donation to allow even more children to experience the fun we have to offer.