How Parents Can Take a Break from Their Children


Nothing will be more important to you than your children. As a result, you might feel a little guilty admitting you’re in need of a break away from the kids. Yet if you want to successfully care for your children, you must also focus on self-care. It’s only natural to want to enjoy a little downtime away from the chaos of family life. Here’s how parents can take a break from their children.

Take Ten

It is possible to take a break without having to leave the family home. Try to take at least ten minutes for yourself each day to simply focus on self-care. For example, you can treat yourself to a hot bath once the kids are in bed and can enjoy a much-needed nap when your baby son or daughter falls asleep. You can also leave the kids with your partner or their grandparents for ten minutes to sit in the garden, play a Unibet game, or call a friend for a catch-up.

Treat Yourself

Call your parents, siblings, or a babysitter to care for the children so that you can treat yourself to a little bit of luxury. For example, you could book yourself a pamper session to experience a relaxing massage, facial, manicure and pedicure. Book a spa day alone or go with your friends or partner. It will allow you to experience one day of sheer indulgence, as you will allow someone to take care of you for the day. You will both look and feel better for it, so you’ll feel happier and healthier once you return home to your children.

Arrange a Date Night

It’s easy to let romance fall by the wayside when caring for children. Unfortunately, this can make you feel unhappy or less secure in your relationship. Keep the spark alive by arranging a romantic date night – or even a weekend break – with your partner. It will allow you to both spend quality time together, and you should make a rule that you do not spend the whole evening talking about your children. Instead, reminisce about times gone by, such as how you first met, your first date, or a funny moment that still makes you laugh. It can help you both reconnect and will ensure you create a more stable family life for both you and your children.

Enjoy Adult Conversation

Have you forgotten what it is like to have an adult conversation? It might be time to catch-up in person with your friends. For example, you can invite your best friend over for a glass of wine or three once the children are in bed, or you could book a babysitter for your children and a table at a restaurant for both you and your friends. It will provide you with an opportunity to laugh, chat, vent and just enjoy the company of another adult. You’ll feel more of a human for doing so, and not just a parent.

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Administrative Assistant at KidsEmail.org. She is the content writer of Kids Email blog and helps manage their social media accounts. Being a mom of two, she finds it important to provide helpful content to other parents in hopes to help in keeping more kids safe online.

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