A day at the beach is a wonderful way to spend time with your family, and it’s no different for foster families. It gives you a chance to enjoy the sunshine, spend time together and enjoy each other’s company. While younger children might be happy to enjoy paddling and playing in the sand, teenagers can enjoy body boarding, water sports, sandcastle building, and other fun activities. There really is something for everyone at the beach. Here are some tips for foster families heading to the beach.
Get Permission Before Booking A Holiday
While it’s usually fine to enjoy day trips to the beach, if you are planning a holiday with foster children, you will need to get permission from your local authority or your fostering in Glasgow agency. Get in touch before booking anything, and make sure you give them plenty of notice before you intend to travel.
Give Your Foster Children Notice
Foster children need safety and stability. Any changes to their usual routines can cause anxiety and distress. This doesn’t mean that they won’t love a day at the beach, but it does mean that you should give them plenty of notice, take the time to explain your plans, and give them time to ask any questions that they may have.
Ask What They Like To Do At The Beach
We all have different priorities for a day at the beach. Some of us like to lie in the sun and read. Others like to play in the sea. Some people love making sandcastles, and others prefer walking around the seafront shops. Try to make time to do as much as you can but ask your foster children what they like to do the most, and make sure you prioritize these things.
Introduce Your Family Traditions
You might have existing family traditions for beach days—things like eating fish and chips or going to specific places. Introduce your foster children to your traditions and make sure they know that they are part of them now.
Give Yourselves Plenty Of Time
If you are just going to the beach for the day, leave early and park as close as possible so that you can make the most of your day without having to rush to do everything.
Pack The Essentials
Ensure you have the essentials like water, sunscreen, swimwear, towels, and beach toys so that you don’t have to buy more than necessary when you are there.
Pack The Car The Night Before
Trying to get out early in the morning can be tough with kids. If possible, pack the car the night before, and make sure all your clothes are ready before bed. This can make the morning less stressful and help you to start the day on the right foot.
Days at the beach can help you to break up the long summer and build memories as a family. The children in your care will love these chilled days out, but make sure you pack everything you need and get the right permission if you are going on holiday.