My husband and I just got back from 36 hours away from our kids. We traveled to a spa just a few hours away with our good friends. We spent 90% of the time in the plush robes from the spa where we got massages, jacuzzi, steam and sauna time, had tea and scones and wine and cheese and wonderful meals outdoors surrounded by nature. At night we let loose a little and went to a nearby casino which was also a treat and something we rarely do. I felt so sleepy throughout the events and my friend commented, “because you’re SO relaxed.”
And it’s true. My twins are almost 10 years and this is only the third time we’ve had a night away like this without the kids. It’s not that I’m a crazy, helicopter mom who can’t leave her kids. It’s just really hard to find someone willing to watch twin infants, babies or toddlers or then twins toddlers PLUS an infant!
We got so used to not going away without them, that, now that they are older, we sort of stopped trying…until this trip.
It was so fun and really relaxing…a very special treat.
But here’s the cool part. When we came back…….and the kids were way excited for our return, as we were happy to see them as well…..my little one said,
Mommy…you seem…like nicer!
And then my other daughter said,
Yeah you do seem different…very relaxed….
So clearly this is evidence that some rejuvenation for me has a wonderful and positive impact on the kids. This is an important piece for me to keep in mind.
How about you…do you ever get time away from your kid(s)?