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Parents 'spend holidays stressing'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 24/07/2009. Parents 'spend holidays stressing' Tags: Parenting Kids Family And Leisure

The stress of packing for a family break and ensuring that everyone is organised means it takes parents an average of two days to settle down and relax when on holiday.

A study carried out by Norfolkline Ferries, which operates services between Ireland and the UK, revealed that 39 per cent of parents worry about packing and preparing the family for departure.

Work is also a major cause of stress, with one in six parents admitting that they find it difficult to switch off and leave the office behind.

Commenting on the findings, psychologist Donna Dawson said: "The irony is that we take holidays to escape the stress in our lives, but we often find that we have to endure more stress on the way to our holiday destination."

To make life easier, parents should draw up a packing list for each family member and try to combine outfits where possible.

Writing in the Irish Times earlier this year, travel expert Sylvia Thompson said holidaymakers can ensure they have a stress-free break by prioritising tasks and making a to-do list.



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