I have a few acquaintances who think that is never OK to go on a vacation without their kids. While I understand where they are coming from, I have always believed that time away from our kids is an important element of parenting–positive parenting that is.
The first time we decided to travel out of town without our kids, I spent a great amount of time debating with myself as to whether we should cancel the trip. My parents, husband, and friends kept telling me that I needed and deserved the break. While one part of me yearned for leisurely strolls, unhurried meals, and long, uninterrupted conversations with my husband, the other part of my felt anxious and guilty about doing the trip. Eventually, I was convinced to take the trip, and I was happy that I did. Vacationing without your kids is something your will probably end up doing at some point.
Spending time away from our kids is indeed scary and anxiety-inducing. Nevertheless, it is an important thing we must give to ourselves if we want to remain the loving, caring, and dedicated moms that we are. If we don’t take a break from the daily stressed involved in raising our kids, we are likely going to end up feeling resentful and burned out and not be able to have healthy interactions with our family.
If you want to know more about the benefits of going on trips without your kids, here is a post I would recommend: “5 Ways Vacations Without the Baby Will Make You a Better Parent.”
How about you? What do you think about vacationing without your kids?