I recently went with my family for a few days to Silver Dollar City. It was definitely not a vacation! My kids seemed to get on each others' nerves excessively and my patience was thin. When I was back at home, I called my sister to vent and she said “You don’t really get a vacation with kids.” Then a few hours later I saw this article show up in my Facebook feed: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/m-blazoned/vacation-or-trip-a-helpful-guide-for-parents_b_7789310.html
Man, it hit the nail on the head and made me feel a lot better. I felt like the article stated everything I needed to hear in order to feel validated in my frustrations.
I’ve decided that my husband and I need a short vacation-a real vacation! It is hard with three kids to make this happen. When we had only one, we easily took a vacation or two by ourselves. I think we could have managed to get away when we had only two (but we didn’t). Now that we have three, though, it is a challenge. It seems others do not want to watch three kids for an extended period of time. Plus my kids are anything but docile so there is that fun challenge. I’m going to work to make it happen though. My husband and I need it for our sanity and our marriage. Even it if it just for a weekend.
We did this when we celebrated our ten year anniversary (shout out to my sister and brother in law who watched the kids along with all their little ones) and it was AMAZING! I’m going to start planning now.
Stefanie F. Pisarkiewicz, LPC
Experience and information from a counselor and mother- sharing her two cents on children and teens.