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.
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!
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.
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.