When planning a big family vacation, like my recent one to Disney, all you think about are the beautiful memories that you’re going to make. The squeals of delight from your kids. The pictures that you’ll treasure forever. The epic meltdowns that will haunt you till the end of time.
Let’s be honest: In theory, going on vacation with your kids is awesome. In reality, it can be stressful, overwhelming and tantrum-tastic. But if you’re strategic about how you plan your days—and ruthlessly realistic about your little ones’ limits and your expectations—you’ll avoid a lot of heartache and tears. For everyone involved.
Here are my 7 tips for getting through a day at Disney—or any other big family vacation—relatively unscathed.