Revive Your Relationship With A Date Night Getaway
There’s no doubt that parenting is hard. Yes, there are days, maybe even weeks, when we feel like we’ve really got it figured out, when we feel in synch. The kids are happy and playing well and eat their dinner and go to bed without a fuss. Those are the times we high five our partners and smugly boast about how great we are at this.
Then there are the other times. Those days, maybe weeks, when we feel like we are going to tear our hair out. Nothing seems to be clicking, no one seems to be happy with anything for very long, and we start to wonder what exactly we’ve gotten ourselves into.
Those are the times when it is most important to steal away for a “Sweetheart Getaway.” A night away for you and your honey to go and be a couple again. Remember the days of being a couple? When you had time just to be together, to lounge, to go out, unfettered by the demands of family life? The Sweetheart Getaway preserves that wonderful, carefree, and loving part of you that allows you both to be great parents.
The getaway doesn’t have to be elaborate—t’s just a pause and refresh button. Ask a family member or close friend to come and stay with your little darlings as you go into the city, up to a cottage—it doesn’t matter where you go, as long as you go somewhere...without your children.
When you get there, do whatever you want. There are only a few rules:
1) Do not talk about your kids (this is about you and your partner).
2) Do not call home to check in (if by chance there is an emergency - which there won’t be, not to worry) they’ll call you!
3) Make plans for your next getaway. Once a season? Once a month? Make a plan that works for you, your caregiver, and your children. And in those darker days when you feel like you are just surviving, not thriving, you’ll have something on the horizon to put it all in perspective.
Families function better as a whole when everyone is taken care of, so do what you can to take care of each other.