Parents, don’t feel guilty because you need/want a vacation away from your children. Raising kids is physically tiring, emotionally draining, and thankless (that is of course if you are doing it right). Single-parents and married parents where the husband thinks raising kids is the wife’s job you are TDT (tired-drained-thankless) squared.
Take “staycations.” You don’t have to go out of town, you can arrange for a babysitter, go in your bedroom, close the door, and do whatever. Give yourself a break!
As a single-parent for 22 of the 25 years of raising kids, I didn’t really know how tired I was until I had an empty nest. My Monday thru Friday schedule looked something like this:
4:00 am Rise and Shine/Workout
5:00 am Get Dressed for Work
6:00 am Get children ready for school
7:00 am Depart for Work (Children went to my school so we all left together)
7:05 am Put headphones on in car so kids don’t ask a lot of questions
7:30 am Start Work
6:00 pm Leave work (if I’m lucky) take kids to activity (piano or tap or golf, etc.)
8:00 pm Return home – Get kids ready for bed
9:00 pm Prepare for tomorrow
10:00 pm Lights out
No thank you, I don’t want to go dancing – SMH!!!!!!!!