Stress, arguments, hiccups in the organization… Family holidays are not easy! To counter this problem and take advantage of each of her two children, Julie Cook, journalist, decided to bet on separate holidays. That’s to say ? Instead of taking all her little people on board here and there, the mother grants herself one-on-one getaways with one child at a time. “The first time was in 2018”, says Julie Cook in the columns of Metro UK. “My son Alex was then 10 years old and my daughter Adriana 5 years old. I had spent five years giving her more attention since she was the youngest and realized that Alex and I hadn’t had a special time together in ages. So I booked a trip for the two of us to Venice.”
A stay that allowed Julie Cook to fully reconnect with her son. “I was able to listen to him speak without being interrupted. At the end of our four days, I felt like I knew him – properly – again. I know it may seem obvious, but it’s important to stay in tune with what your kids are up to. It’s all too easy to group them into the group ‘my children’, but they are individuals in their own right, which is often difficult to see when you are grouped in a family of four”, explains the journalist.
Privileged moments to rediscover yourself
In 2021, Julie Cook repeated the experience, this time with her daughter, whom she brought to Paris. “It was a one-on-one time to listen to her and learn all about her, without her brother interrupting her or them arguing. I learned who she got along with in school, what subjects she liked and what she didn’t like, and who her favorite singer was at the moment – things we don’t have. always time to talk”, assures the mother. Julie Cook specifies going on vacation with the whole family once a year, although the dynamic is different. “During my individual stays with my children, I learned more about them in four days than in an entire life together”, assures the journalist.