5 Tips for the Perfect Parent Getaway

Whether you and your spouse are slipping away for an evening or a weekend, here are a few tips for optimizing your parent getaway:

Getting a break from the kids doesn’t always mean you have to leave home!

Sometimes the most relaxing evenings are the ones spent watching a movie at home with some takeout between you and your spouse. Drop off the kids at their grandparents’ house, and head back to yours for a quiet evening or weekend. Taking a break from the hectic bustle of everyday life will leave you refreshed and ready to tackle future weeks.

Don’t try to cram too much into your time away.

The point of a getaway is to relax, so avoid creating an agenda that rivals your regular schedule. Instead of going to dinner, an early concert, a late movie, and running three errands while you’re out, postpone a couple of those activities for your next outing. Allowing free time in your getaway can lead to spontaneity or maybe just a much-needed nap.

Treat yourself to something fancy.

If you are both up to a night out, take advantage of your time apart from children (especially younger children) to visit your favorite fine dining establishment. White tablecloths and fancy food may not capture your children’s interest, but for you and your spouse, this could help create a memorable, romantic evening.

Minimize the amount of technology you bring with you.

In today’s world, it’s nearly impossible to disconnect from our technological devices—and honestly, they give you peace of mind when you are away from your children. While you want to be available for any calls from the babysitter, the point of your getaway is to spend quality time with your spouse, not your iPad. Leave any unnecessary devices at home and try not to check them more than you have to throughout your time together.

Don’t feel guilty about the productive things you are not doing.

If you are anything like me, you may subconsciously run through a list of things you should be doing whenever you pause to rest. Consciously deciding not to berate yourself about taking a break is a vital step to enjoying your time with your spouse (or enjoying a break in general). Being present in your moments together may not have the same tangible evidence of success as a stack of folded laundry, but the happiness and reduced stress in your life and relationship will soon manifest itself.

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