Relaxation and Productivity

My dad is one of the hardest-working people I’ve ever met. He works long hours and almost never takes a sick day. He’s been really successful in business, and I can easily see why: he just out-works everyone around him, all of the time!

But, lately, I think my dad seems a little over-worked. He’s been doing this for so long, and I think it’s really taking a toll on him. He seems burned out, and I think he needs a vacation. But when I bring this up to him, he’s not very receptive. He’s not a big believer in taking breaks, and he never much enjoyed our family vacations. Now that I’m out of the house and my mother and he are divorced, he’s just not taking breaks at all.

How can I convince my dad to take a break and stop burning himself out like this?

Fun and Free Time on Vacation

I’m going on vacation with my parents next summer, and I have some mixed emotions about it. I’m excited, of course: we’re going to Hawaii, and that’s something that a poor broke college student like myself could never do on his own. But I’m also apprehensive, because my mom is a planner – a really, really serious planner. She fills every moment of every day of these vacations with one thing or another, and it can be really exhausting.

How can I talk to my mom about slowing her roll? I want to go to Hawaii, but I also want to, you know, actually enjoy the experience!