The Report, based on a survey HBF conducted with over 400 WA parents of 0-12 year olds, included commentary from Cathie alongside a national panel of clinical health experts and educators in family and childhood health.
In the Report, Cathie explained how holidays can be a healthy family bonding experience, “Children long for adult presence and connection – to be seen and to be heard, to have time to learn how to work toward the challenge of climbing a tree, riding a bike, learning to swim. Playing games together, like board games and hide and seek are both simple and profound opportunities for parents and children to learn together – valuable lessons in being more empathic, learning to wait, to share, to delight in another’s success.”
She explained how positive memories created on family holidays are a shared bond and support resilience, “They build the strength of the collective so the people within it can withstand and pull together in the tough times.
“Positive memories give children a stronger sense of who they are in the world, that they are valued and can make a difference.”
HBF’s survey revealed cost was the top reason that held WA families back from taking more time-out together, but Cathie and other experts agreed holidays needn’t been be extravagant to benefit our health.
“We can derive significant health benefits from just a few days away or even a day-trip spent together as a family. It’s all about experiencing new things and creating happy memories together as a family. This does wonders for our physical, emotional and mental health,” HBF Executive General Manager - Health and Wellness, Jennifer Solitario said.
“1 in 10 (11%) of parents told us their best family holiday involved being away for a maximum of three nights. A quarter (27%) said their best break was no more than five nights,” Jennifer said.
“We all get caught up in the busyness of life. Hopefully our report provides just the encouragement parents need to take stock, prioritise their family’s wellbeing and book some valuable time-out.”