Parental Vacation – Give Yourself a Break!

The whirlwind that is the end of the school year is finally over, and there’s no homework, no carpools, no baking 50 cupcakes to take to the school party. Hopefully you are finding time to enjoy the little ones (and bigger ones too). I remember as a child we would go to the beach for a family vacation after school was out, and then my parents would send us off to summer camp. I always thought that my parents missed me terribly when I was away, but I know now that they probably couldn’t wait to get some freedom from us kids. It’s okay to give yourself a little break. Here are some suggestions:

  • Get away. Just you and the spouse, or if you are a single parent, go with a friend.With the kids at camp or sleeping over with Grandma, there’s no child care worries, no having to check in with them several times a day. Reconnect with your partner and yourself.
  • Or… Don’t go anywhere. Enjoy the peace and quiet of your own home. Seize the opportunity for some alone time. And while you are there, go ahead and…
  • Take a long bath or shower. You get to use up all the hot water for a change!
  • Do the things you love, for yourself. Take yoga classes, play golf, take long walks, read that book or see that movie you’ve heard so much about. Maybe you enjoy cooking something special, just for you.
  • Skip the things you hate. Eat your meal over the sink if you want to so you don’t have to do the dishes. Leave the laundry for another day. Order take-out or delivery. Hire someone to clean your house or mow the grass while you put your feet up.
  • Treat yourself to an Acupuncture treatment. De-stress and finally take the time to address that nagging issue you’ve been too busy to take care of. Restore your energy.

The message here is to let go. Let the kids go explore the world without you. Let go of the hectic pace of the school year. Let go of the guilt and worry about taking some time for yourself. Sure, you’ll miss the kiddos. But trust me, they’ll be back before you know it, so you might as well make the most of this peaceful window of time.  How do you plan to take care of yourself this summer?