We’ll be going on a family vacation some time soon.  An article I found extremely helpful was one written by C.J. Mahaney on how to make the most of them.  I blogged about it a couple of summers ago so I copied and pasted what was written then!  If you haven’t gone on our vacation yet, I hope it will be of use for you.  It’s a must-read for dads!  Here it is below…


C.J. Mahaney writes some helpful advice on family vacations:

Here’s what I’ve learned. The difference between forgettable vacations and unforgettable vacations is not the location or attractions. Nope. The difference between forgettable and unforgettable vacations is the father’s attitude and leadership. This makes all the difference.

Family vacations provide a unique opportunity each year for fathers to create memories their children will never forget. Memories that will last a lifetime. Memories that will be recreated by your children with your grandchildren. Memories that will outlive a father. But in order to create these memories, a father must be diligent to serve and lead during a vacation. How a father views his role on a vacation will make all the difference in the vacation.

So in this season where family vacations are being carefully planned and eagerly anticipated, I thought it might be helpful if I passed along seven lessons I’ve learned over the years, in hopes that your family vacation will be a God-glorifying, grace-filled, relationship-building, memory-making time together.

Here’s an outline of his advice:

1. A Servant Heart
2. A Tone-Setting Attitude
3. An Awareness of Indwelling Sin
4. Studying Your Family
5. Skillful Surprises
6. Intentionally Together
7. Gratefulness to God

To read more check out  part 1, part 2, and part 3.