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By Jo Lenton
Jo is a lifestyle and travel enthusiast. As the mother of three young boys she is fearless when it comes to road trips, tents, cabins, cafe's and international adventure. From packing the essentials to planning the perfect kid friendly itinerary, Jo runs a tight ship and is on board to share her knowledge and experience with us here at The Beetle Shack.
If you have family, friends or babysitters who have mentioned they would be happy to look after your kids for a couple of nights then do not let them leave your sight until you’ve set the date. For me, going away with my husband is so incredibly beneficial. It makes me want to be a better mother, wife and person in general, and I come home feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world! My husband and I have been lucky enough to have had a few mini breaks in our parenting years, including a night away here and there from a breast-feeding babe. Here’s some some things I do or consider when planning a weekend away from my lovely kiddies-
1- Choose somewhere that isn't kid-friendly. Why? Because you can! 5 star hotels, Bed and Breakfast, hiking to a campground, over-water villa (did I say short break?)
2-If you're leaving a breast-feeding baby behind make sure you have a good quality breast pump, paracetamol and a positive outlook… Also leave your ‘baby-sitter’ with a list of your babies/other children's schedule, plenty of food/milk and numbers to call for back-up or advice. It will make you feel more relaxed to know that it’s all under control.
3- Indulge in things you both like. Cafes, nature, pampering, reading, whatever it is that will make you both relaxed and refreshed while spending time together.
4- Have some time alone. This is something your less likely to get when you holiday with the kids so enjoy the opportunity to be alone- even if its just for an hour or 2. And you can organise to rendezvous with your other half afterwards for a coffee or a few drinks.
5- Which moves me to my next point, don’t get too drunk. There’s no point going home feeling worse than when you left. And drunkenness leads to heated arguments about important issues like the toilet seat lid and basically throws the idea of potential intimacy out the window.
6- Do something you don’t/can’t normally do but really want to. 1000 piece puzzles anyone? Did I really make my husband do that... Maybe skydiving next time?
7- Dress up a little? Is it wrong to say that? Or even think that? I like dressing up when I go away with my husband- just because I have a bit more pampering time than usual and it makes me feel like an ‘adult’. Haha!
8- Don’t travel too far. If we only have a couple of nights I like to stay close-ish to home just so we don’t waste time travelling. And if you're the anxious type, you're not to far from the little ones in an emergency. Having said that, jet setting away on a plane for a couple of nights really does sound tempting!
9- Choose some topics to talk about that aren’t ‘the kids’. Sounds a little unnatural but it works for us and is really fun! Of course there’s nothing wrong with talking about the kiddies - they are pretty cute and all consuming.
10- Sleep ;)
What would you do if you had a short break without your kids? Where would you go?
For more travelling ideas take a look here and here.