18/06/2009 10:32 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Our Tips For A Smooth Family Holiday

The summer holidays will be here before you know it. And this year I'm planning to get organised before the brood break up and we're in the throes of "I'm bored" and hair pulling (namely me and my hair).

Part of my Operation Sanity Saver is to book a few camping weekends and our main week away. Which brings me onto my point: the planning and preparation will be all mine. The success or otherwise of our important time away all rest on my shoulders. It's not just me either -- all of my friends, including those who work full-time, are the holiday organiser.

While I love holidays they are, let's face it, hard work. By the time I've packed for five children and two adults, booked the campsite, made sure we have the right gear (which includes small but vital things like battery replacement) and organised cat and allotment care I'm exhausted.

If you find going on holiday actually more trouble than it's worth here are my tips for a more relaxing time.

  • Talk with your partner. Do not expect him to read your mind. If you need help preparing for the holiday, tell him. If you need to apologise, do it (even if you feel your partner was in the wrong). You don't want bad feelings to sour your time away.

  • Use the time leading up to your holiday to prepare. Divide the chores or use the Internet together to research the route, any rainy day activities and restaurants. If you're camping, locate in advance the nearest camp shop, you're bound to need it.

  • Don't forget to relax. Chances are, you'll come back just as tired if you're holidaying with children but it doesn't matter. The important thing is you're away, creating great family memories. Forget about the emails and to-do lists waiting back at home.

  • Don't cram too much into your time away. The pace of life is supposed to be slower on holiday. So you didn't get to see that wonderful museum? It doesn't matter. If there are lots of interesting places you missed, you can always return next year.

  • Remember that things have a habit of going wrong, despite your best plans. It's how you handle the disasters that count. Not only are you making great memories, but you're showing your children useful life skills. You don't want them to remember this holiday as the one where mummy and daddy had a furious row in the car when you all got lost and mummy threw the map out the window and daddy then pranged the bumper when reversing. Do you?

Have you got any great holiday tips to tell us? Are you great at organising your time away or do you find you argue more with your partner?

Source [ParentDish US]