Science of Parenting: Summer Vacation

mom and kids in vanAMES, Iowa – Juggling work schedules, kids’ commitments and the family budget may make some parents wonder if a family vacation is worth the effort. But before giving up, consider this: the kids might learn something from the experience. During June, family life specialists examine this proposition in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

“Families take vacations for many reasons – to spend time together, have some fun, or rest and relax,” said family life specialist Donna Donald. “However, these opportunities to visit other people and places and see something new can boost your child’s academic achievement.”

Donald and family life specialist Lori Hayungs will take a close look into the benefits of family vacations.

“We’ll look at national research about the relationship of family vacations and how well children perform in school. We’ll talk about how to plan a vacation and involve parents and children in decisions. We’ll also share favorite family vacation stories,” Hayungs said.

Learn more from tips on the blog throughout the month and in a four-minute podcast. Through the Science of Parenting,, ISU Extension and Outreach specialists share and discuss research-based information and resources to help parents rear their children. Parents can join in the conversation and share thoughts and experiences, as well as how they handle parenting responsibilities.