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My husband and I are about to embark on a quick getaway to Montreal, Canada for the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. This will be a much-needed mini vacation away from our daughter because parents need breaks too. We are firm believers in parents continuing to date post-baby, and kid-free vacations help us to do that uninterrupted. Plus, dating your spouse helps to keep things fun and the relationship healthy.

Below lists the things we look forward to during our kid-free vacation.

Every couple with kids needs a break to share adult time together. This is why we believe every parent should take a kid-free vacation. Check o ur top reasons why.

Quality Time

We all know that when you have kids that getting in quality time with your spouse is rare. But, when you vacation without children you can actually do the things with your spouse that you could not do at home without distractions or interruptions.  Use your time away from the kids to indulge in conversation with your spouse to catch up, plan more time away, cuddle and watch your favorite T.V. series. If you are visiting a location for the first time, you can do things that you would otherwise miss out on if you had your kids with you. And you can even stay out late!

Uninterrupted Sleep/Rest

The goal of any vacation or weekend getaway is to not only have fun but to return relaxed and well-rested, and that is often hard to accomplish with kids in the mix.  This is the very reason why we look forward to our kid-free vacations because even with a 6-year-old, our sleep does not go uninterrupted, well, at least my husband’s does not. When taking a vacation without children, you get to sleep in as late as you want, or not having your sleep disturbed because of a child’s nightmare.  You do not even have to worry about waking up to make breakfast for anyone. You can even sneak in a well-deserved nap or two. The end result is returning to your children happy, relaxed and stress-free.

Reading

As parents, we are always on the run – taking kids to school, going to work, grocery shopping – barely giving us the time to do the things we enjoyed before we had kids. For example, I was an avid reader, but, finding uninterrupted time to read is hard.  I used to be able to do it during my commute to work, but then I started driving to work. Now, the only times I get to read are if I am on a plane, taking a road trip or on vacation without my daughter. Remember when I was in London I bought Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty to read while there? During the trip, I got half way through the book, and I have not picked up the book since returning. While on the flight to Montreal, I plan on knocking out a few chapters.

No Crying or Tantrums

I think all parents can agree that we can use a few days without hearing whining, crying or tantrums from our kids. Kid-free vacations = no tantrums. Say ‘yes’ to no tantrums.

Walking Around Naked

Before my husband and I had our daughter, I loved walking around naked. When we go on vacation without her, aside from being able to finally sleep and rest, that is one of the things I honestly look forward to doing the most. Plus, there are studies that show that being naked is actually healthier for you and your relationship and aids in facilitating a closer bond with your spouse, and of course, more sexy time.

Plan Your Kid-Free Vacation

Take a page from our book because every parent needs at least one vacation without children per year. Think of it as therapy, and a time for you and your spouse to reconnect with each other, as well as recharge. Go head, ignore the mommy/daddy guilt and book your next weekend getaway or vacation without your kids. You need it. You deserve it. Because when you are happy, stress-free, and well-rested, you are able to be a better parent to your kids.

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We cannot wait for our kid-free vacation to Montreal! It will be my first time in Canada period, and we are going to enjoy some great music at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, have adult time, and have fun without the little one interrupting.

Do you plan kid-free vacations? If so, what do you look forward to the most?

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Kim is the do-it-all mom (and wife) who not only works full-time and is a freelance makeup artist, but also blogs about her love of family, travel, beauty and skincare. Now that she has a kindergartener, Kim has added Class Parent to her resume. These are all tough jobs, but somehow, she makes them look easy.


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  • KoKoa Magazine

    I wish my husband and I would have taken the time away from the kids when he was still alive. It is a definite necessity to the health of any marriage.

  • Yes! Maintaining your relationship outside of parenting is super important.

  • I co sign all of these reasons! We went all the way to jamaica by ourselves last year and it was the best thing we could have done for each other!

  • Jonna

    Yes to walking around naked! And no to temper tantrums!

  • Kids have always been in our relationship so we’re rarely without them. We did take quick vacay once and enjoyed it.

  • Felecia Monique

    Quality time and walking around naked are important but also just having adult turn ups. Waking up with a hangover and nobody is asking me for breakfast lol

  • Carissa

    YES YES YES!!!! Especially walking around naked! Since becoming parents its hard to get away for longer than a night or two…but I hope eventually we will be able to get a vacation in sans the kids!

  • Eva

    We have very few kid free vacations, but when we do, we have so much fun! The first few hours we talk about them, and miss them, but eventually we are ready to party. Best part is budget free dining. Feeding five is different from feeding two…

  • Marche Robinson

    I have been wanting to visit Canada. I don’t have any kids (yet) so I get to enjoy kid free vacations now. I’m sure I take a lot of these points for granted being kid free! I’ll be sure to reference this post when I have little ones!

  • Yes to all of these. We try and do at least two trips a year without the kids. More if possible, we have to keep our relationship solid.

  • Kemkem

    All these are great reasons to have a little vacation from kids. I was just laughing with my sister-in-law who is in hospital for 24 hours while they run some tests and she was saying how happy she was to have the “quiet”..Haha!!!

  • Joyce Brewer

    I’m right there with you. We’ve only been away for 1 night together as a couple in our 8 year marriage. I’d love to do more. But my husband acts like our 7-year-old son is still attached to the umbilical cord.

    • Congrats on 8 years. Like I said on twitter, we have to do some convincing with your husband. He doesn’t know what he is missing. I remember the first time we left our daughter, I was a wreck! Now, not so much. She’s older (6) and in good hands.

  • RattlesandHeels

    I absolutely love all the points that you made! Since becoming parents my husband and I have never went on a vacation without our kids. We just don’t have anyone to leave them with and they’re still little but this is a dream and we had so many sexy vacations prior to having them.

    • Aww hopefully, when they are older you will be able to. We have been so lucky to have our parents and siblings living close by who are willing to watch our daughter while we are away. Sometimes we even have someone just come to our house and stay there with our daughter while we go on vacation.