How can vacations improve emotional intelligence?

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An essential skill for becoming an emotional genius is the ability to rejuvenate and restore oneself, honoring the rhythms of a balanced lifestyle. An excellent way to honor this need to play and unplug is to practice small doses of your ideal vacation. You can spend a weekend afternoon enjoying a family "vacation" in your backyard. What, for you, is the essence of a great, satisfying vacation? Many people would say the joy of absorbing sun rays and the leisurely connection of idle chatter with your family. You can re-create this feel by going out into the backyard with your family on a day when there is some sun. Lay out blankets or towels, get out the sunscreen, and take a beach vacation. You can even go all out, making some healthy fruit faux piña coladas, even adding the little umbrella decorations.

This will teach your child the essentials of how to "fill up her own gas tank," encouraging her not to run on empty. In grade schools across the country, young children are sorely overcommitted and can start to feel exhausted by their constant activity. You can use this strategy to teach your child an essential life skill -- that they can find a way to meet any need, if only in a small way. If your family desperately needs a vacation but is short on funds, time, or the energy to plan one, you can find ways to meet this need with a little creativity. This will be a powerful lesson to model for your child.
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