Introverts Take a Staycation
Story by Erin Wyble Newcomb
Illustrated by Annie Dwyer Internicola
My family is in the midst of a staycation week. Between local farms, forests and ice cream parlors, my husband and I have convinced them that this is just as much fun as travel. It works for our family right now, especially because when I proposed a “stay-at-home” day during our staycation (I know—I’m pushing the limits of the definition there), my kids were excited about the idea. If I let them each eat a cookie after they ride their bikes in the driveway and run around in the yard, it’s basically as good as taking them to a theme park.
I don’t mean to knock actual vacations with actual theme parks; it’s just that those require a different kind of resource than the staycation we’re up for now. When my husband and I talked about starting a family, we thought about how children would change the way we regard time and money. In the eight years since we’ve actually had children, we’ve realized that our familial well-being also depends on balancing our energies and personalities. My younger child is always relieved when we offer the option of a “stay-at-home” day, and every parent knows how miserable an unwilling child can make an outing. She doesn’t get to rule the roost, but she does deserve to be respected for her wants and needs. For us, it’s all about balance.