It is one of the hardest things to do… leave the kiddos behind with the hubbie for a mommy’s getaway trip. It may make your stomach turn, your head throb at just the thought of leaving your precious little bundles for a few days. However, if your kids are tweens and teens they may have developed a social life of their own leaving Dad to not have to clean up cheerios in the morning. The thought of going away may be easier with older children, but let’s say you have children age 3-11 – we know leaving a child under the age of 3 is probably more than one can fathom, so we’ll stick to this age range, 3-11. Even with this age range, we have many clients who scoff at the idea of leaving their kids alone with Dad for more than a few hours. Trust us, we certainly understand your concern. However we have suggested several alternatives to give everyone some options. These options can help relieve some anxiety and get on with the business of traveling.
- Plan your Mom’s Getaway the same time Dad takes his Mancation. Who stays with the kids? Well, this is the perfect opportunity for the kids to stay with Grandma and Grandpa. They will feel as if they are on vacation too. Everyone will have something to share when you return home. Unless the kids are in school and grandparents live outside the school district, then it may be necessary for the Grandparents to come to your home while you are away. Either way, both the Grandparents and the kids are sure to love the idea of getting spoiled for a few days.
- Plan your Mom’s Getaway and have Dad’s parents come to stay with the kids so Dad does not have to take any vacation days. Why Dad’s parents you ask? Well, when we have suggested Mom’s parents come stay with Dad and kids while Mom is away we have been met with awkward silence. We got the picture. Since Dad is home, it will give him time to spend with his parents as well. It can be a great bonding experience for everyone. However, if you are okay with Mom’s parents, then knock yourself out. It is solely up to you in the end.
- Here’s our favorite and one most people do not consider because they do not know quite how to execute the plan. We, on the other hand, have ample experience navigating this type of trip. In the end, everyone ends up happy if they execute it as we have planned for them. If you are like many of our clients, leaving the kids while you vacation is just not something you prefer. We understand. So everyone goes on vacation together, yet separate. How you ask? We’ll give you an example. We had a family who had no desire to be more than a few hours drive from their children. It was just the way the family operated. It worked for them. The premise behind the “few hours” was they wanted to always be able to get to them if ever there was a need in within just a few hours. We understand. We thought we were the only ones who felt this way until we started attracting clients with the same mindset. Nevertheless, this couple had only taken short distance trips without the kids and this time they wanted to go to the Caribbean. What did we do for them? We, Abundant Journeys, sent everyone to Jamaica. The kids went grandparents to Beaches Negril on one side of the resort and Mom and her sisters went to Beaches Negril on the other side of the resort. They never saw one another all weekend long. We referred Dad and friends to a preferred agency who handles Mancations and they were booked at a different resort in Negril. Everyone got what they wanted in a getaway.
Whatever you decide, Mom’s need to getaway from time to time to replenish and rejuvenate. We want to stay strong and healthy in order to care for our families so make yourself a priority. Pencil yourself in. Keep checking back over the next few weeks as we discuss different types of Mom Getaways you can partake in. We will review Mommy/Daughter Getaways, Sister Getaways, day long getaways (versus weekend or longer getaways), and different destinations you should consider for your next getaway.
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