Home

Feature Article:

Home For The Holidays: Heirloom Stories Are A Perfect Gift
Selecting the right gift for a special someone is sometimes joyous, sometimes a chore. Give a gift that’s free. A gift that no one else could give. A gift of your legacy! Consider giving to or requesting a very personal, one-of-a-kind gift...
...Read More


Are We There Yet? Study Examines The Family Vacation From Hell

Additional Reading


(NC)—You've done your research, made your reservations, and packed your bags. You're going to have a wonderful family vacation, right?

Think again.

"Canadian society has created this concept of holidays as the opportunity to build family memories and family togetherness," says Susan Shaw, a sociologist at the University of Waterloo. "People believe in the ideal family vacation. And this belief may set them up for disappointment."

Shaw studies the highs and lows of family holidays. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), her project will help Canadians plan vacations that actually feel like leisure time.

Shaw believes that holiday disagreements are often related to parents' faith in the family vacation as a getaway with "the goal of learning to give and take, respecting each other, and understanding people's needs."

These are positive aims, Shaw emphasizes, since, when they are met, families feel like they're getting along well and learning more about one another in an environment that fosters feelings of togetherness.

But parents' ideals may conflict with children's hopes and expectations, triggering disastrous holiday fighting. After all, while parents tend to be focused on building family bonds, children usually just want to have fun—their definition of which may differ from their parents'.

Even if parents have tailored family plans to interest everyone involved, many children often prefer the sense of independence that comes from doing something by themselves. "They're not thinking, 'This time together will be good for my family'," says Shaw, who found that many parents believed their children would appreciate the focus on togetherness as they grew up.

"Family vacationing for parents is work: it can be fun and satisfying, but it's not really relaxation in the normal sense because its success is so important to them," she says. "Parents often come home from a vacation and feel they need another one."

Shaw's research will help overcome this feeling by guiding travel consultants as they design family travel packages, and counselors as they negotiate conflicts between parents and children.

You'll find more information about projects supported by SSRHC on the Council's Web site at www.sshrc.ca.

- News Canada

News Canada provides a wide selection of current, ready-to-use copyright free news stories and ideas for Television, Print, Radio, and the Web.

News Canada is a niche service in public relations, offering access to print, radio, television, and now the Internet media, with ready-to-use, editorial "fill" items. Monitoring and analysis are two more of our primary services. The service supplies access to the national media for marketers in the private, the public, and the not-for-profit sectors. Your corporate and product news, consumer tips and information are packaged in a variety of ready-to-use formats and are made available to every Canadian media organization including weekly and daily newspapers, cable and commercial television stations, radio stations, as well as the Web sites Canadians visit most often. Visit News Canada and learn more about the NC services.

 

More Reading:


The Battle Of The Sexes Is On This Fathers Day

Borrowing Childrens Products From A Friend Or Buying Second Hand Make Sure Theyre Safe Says Safe Kids Canada

Cottage Living And The Grilling Is Easy

How Do You Define Happiness

How to Make Candles Using Old Crayons

 
Decorate for Christmas

The Spirit of Fathers Day

Indian Summer

Have an Itchy Dog Consider These Grooming Tips Before Turning To Chemical Treatments

How To Identify What The Question Should I get a divorce Means To You


Shadow Fun
Are you looking for fun projects to do, but are short on supplies? The answer is simple: Shadows! Shadow Tag Turn an ordinary walk to the mailbox into a lively game of shadow tag. It’s played much the same way as regular tag, except that...
...Read More

Cat Arthritis
Cat arthritis is not a very common ailment among healthy cats. Most arthritis found in cats is from an accident that has made the bones or joints weak. Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints and there is more than one type of arthritis that...
...Read More

Inexpensive Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas For Kids
After all the gifts have been purchased and placed under the tree, that is the time that many remember in a panic that the stockings over the fireplace still need to be stuffed. Holiday budgets have most likely been spent and there isn't a whole...
...Read More

The Thanksgiving Blessing
“Wouldn’t you just know it,” muttered my husband, Randy. We had already been driving for a couple of hours in a pickup truck that we had borrowed from a friend, and now it was completely dark. “What’s wrong?” I asked sleepily. I had dozed...
...Read More

Home For The Holidays: Visiting Aging Parents
Joanne returned home after not seeing her parents for about 6 months. She found her dad is not doing nearly as well as he has been leading her to believe. Their weekly conversations were centered on talking about Joanne’s mom who had been...
...Read More