Summer Marriage Survival Guide

Taking a Family Vacation

Summer is officially upon us and it is time to take part in the most anticipated and dreaded activity of the season: summer vacation.

You love your partner, and you love your kids, but spending that much family time can be stressful and create a strain on your marriage. Here are four tips to make family vacations more enjoyable for everyone, including you and your spouse:

  • Communicate with your spouse: From organizing the trip to who is going to do what while on vacation, make sure you have an open and honest discussion with your spouse. Dividing parenting responsibilities helps make sure both parents can get a well-deserved break.
  • Have Realistic Expectations: Don’t assume your kids will always be on their best behavior and sometimes plans can go awry. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect to create lasting family memories.
  • Vacation Date Night: Find a way to have a date night with your partner while on vacation. Relaxing for one night without the kids will help create special memories for the two of you.
  • Don’t Plan Everything: Scheduled activities are great but often the best memories are created spontaneously. Some unscheduled time will help everyone relax and make the planned events that much more special.
Vacations are a great way to unplug from your busy and hectic daily life. With communication, realistic expectations, and taking time for romance, your marriage can survive summer vacations.  
Amanda Linan, LSW
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Amanda Linan is a Licensed Social Worker. She has experience counseling on a variety of issues, including relationships, sexual issues, substance use, mental health, and medical conditions and disabilities.

On her free time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, and weight training.

About Caralee Frederic

Caralee Frederic, LCSW, has practiced as a private couples and individual therapist in Colorado, specializing in marriage and family counseling, for about 20 years. She is a Certified Gottman Therapist, and also focuses on sexual addiction recovery, trauma and Couples On The Brink Counseling.