How many times have we heard that whiny phrase from our restless kids coming from the backseat? Family vacations are undeniably a necessary gateway for family bonding, but couple getaways are just as valuable within a family. Although becoming parents is one of the most rewarding processes a couple can go through, it is imperative that parents have a rock solid relationship to be able to navigate together the obstacles of life in raising a family. Many parents feel guilty and negligent to leave their kids for their own personal pleasure, but couple getaways are a win-win for the whole family and here is why.
1. Rekindling the Romance
An intimate vacation reminds a couple of why they fell in love in the first place. It was a time before they were raising kids and everyday mundane routines of scrubbing toilets, took precedent. It also gives the couple quality time together, something that might have been neglected with hectic work schedules doctors appointments, and carpools. This vacation is a couple’s precious time to disconnect from work and kids, and focus on reconnecting in a carefree escape- together. It also allows the couple to try new things and interests when they are in a new environment. Although these new bonding experiences are intangible, it's something the couple can take back with them, when reality faces back at home.
2. Something to look forward to
When a couple books a vacation no matter how long the duration of the stay, it gives them something to look forward to. The excitement makes it easier to get through long tiresome days in anticipation of the fun bonding time with your spouse. This will definitely put you in a happier mood, something the whole family will sure to notice and appreciate. Couples should create an itinerary beforehand and discuss some of the activities and places each one would like to visit. Shopping for the trip will also heighten the eagerness for your magical getaway.
3. Children Gaining Independence
It is time to stop feeling guilty when you leave your kids, because it is actually a learning experience for them. It allows older siblings to step up to the plate and play mommy and daddy for a short period. It is also gives them a sense of gratitude of how much you do for them, something they should not take for granted. It is helpful to explain to them your plans a couple of weeks in advance so they have time for it to sink in. Make sure they are comfortable with the arrangements that you made during the duration of your vacation. Preparing lunches in advance and writing out a comprehensive schedule of bedtimes and school pickups for the new caretaker, will sure to make the time away run smoothly. You would be surprised how well the experience without you, will prepare them for sleep away camp, sleepovers, and their independence in general.
4. Accomplishing Adult Activities
As I mentioned earlier, it is important for you and your spouse to sit down and create an itinerary of the activities you would like to accomplish. The activities that you have chosen probably do not include amusement parks and making sand castles at the beach. Appreciate the light packing and traveling for the trip which won’t include packing floaties and pull-up diapers. This is a vacation for the things you enjoy whether it be wining and dining at an elegant restaurant or Jet skiing along the ocean shore. You will finally have time off from the inevitable crankiness of your kids close to bedtime and instead, hit the town like you once did as teenagers.
5. Requirement for Mental Health
Lets face it. Life can be exhausting between juggling work, helping with homework, making dinner, cleaning the house, and all with a smile. The tiresome part is that you have to do this day in and day out, all on repeat. Therefore it is important to take a chunk of time out from your busy schedule to recharge with your spouse. Your kids may not be elated during your time away, but when you get back your mood and drive will be fully restored. After returning from a healthy separation from your kids, you will see how much you missed them and appreciate them in your life. So the minute you return and receive family hugs and kisses, you know you are recharged to tackle each day and maybe even attempt to spend more bonding time as a family unit.
Family Travel Concierge understands how much a couple’s vacation is necessary for you and your family. Which is why we are here to plan every step of the vacation planning process. Whether your dream has been to go on a cruise, sun bathe on a tropical island, or backpack in Europe, we have the resources to make your vacation personalized and unforgettable.