With hen do’s and impromptu girls weekends thin on the ground now most of my friends are mid 30’s there is less of an excuse to wangle a night or two away from the kids. That is unless your husband is massively indebted to you for the fact he will soon be buggering off to Brazil for 10 days (I may have mentioned this a few times).
Anyway In part payment me and one of my best friends sauntered off to Spain for 3 nights which was the longest either of us had left our children. I had wondered if we might miss them a bit – we didn’t. Here are a few tips to planning a guilt free break: –
1, Drink on the plane – revel in the fact you don’t have hand luggage stuffed full of Goodies oatey bars, a bra full of raisins and small people jumping up and down on your crotch. Consume as many small bottles of fizz as possible – just cos you can.
2, Choose your hotel wisely – we opted for a secret escape and therefore breathed a huge sigh of relief as our coach dumped the hen parties in Benidorm and drove back out again. We lucked out at a hotel with an average age of 65. It was peaceful, civilised and most importantly for the first time in our life’s we probably had the best bodies by the pool (IT COUNTS!)
3, Go all inclusive – it is near on impossible to miss your kids in the presence of a free bar. Put together a drinking schedule to get the most out of your investment and set aside a few minutes every day to stare at the gin selection.
4, Improvise – in the absence of picked onion monster munch, roll a cold nectarine from the breakfast bar over your forehead to ease hangovers. Surprisingly effective!
5, Do as little as humanly possible – think magazines by the pool with beer and that should just about cut it. Perhaps you could even delight in some proper conversation.
6, Don’t feel guilty – If you start missing your kids try writing a list of your current grievances with them. If that doesn’t work position yourself next to small children at mealtimes.
7, Bring back sweets – feelings of abandonment quickly subside with the provision of jelly snakes.
In all honesty we talked about our little ones a lot. We looked at videos and photos of them on our phones and spoke to them at bedtime every night. Three nights away seemed to be a good compromise, long enough to feel properly relaxed but not long enough to miss them in a ‘wish i was at home with you’ sort of way.
But it was certainly long enough that i felt the need to peg it home from the station with a tummy full of butterflies. You see that’s the best thing about having a bit of time out, it really helps restore the equilibrium. Seeing them again was the best feeling in the world.
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