Tips for a weekend getaway for couples
Lie together in the bath by candlelight, go for a long walk together, don’t have to fiddle around with a high chair and bib in the restaurant and finally have good conversations with your partner again without being constantly interrupted by your offspring. A dream? Yes – for many couples it is. But it can be achieved and it can be an enrichment for every family to realize the “Weekend without children” project.
Living as a family these days is anything but easy. The classic role model (man works full-time and woman stays at home with the children) is no longer ubiquitous and more and more women want to continue to establish themselves in their profession despite having children. When the partners come home from work, there is a lot to talk about and do. In between, the kids very persistently demand their attention and often tug on their parents’ nerves.
The desire for a little undisturbed togetherness, for detailed discussions and not to be constantly interrupted for once is growing continuously in many couples with their (double) burden of work and family. A weekend without children can now help both partners regain strength for everyday life. Women between work and family
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A change of scenery ensures relaxation
Of course, the wish for a childless time can also be realized at home. But honestly: is it really relaxing to take a little break in your own four walls when you see the basket with the ironing laundry in front of you three times a day and the desk with all its unfinished mail is calling for processing? Why not go to a nice pension for a weekend or rent a chic hotel for two nights. If this is not financially possible, you will definitely find an inexpensive holiday home in a beautiful area. You don’t have to put up with a long journey by car – it’s not the distance to where you live that matters, it’s the change of scenery itself that provides new perspectives and relaxation.
Plan the weekend without children properly
The accommodation is booked, the anticipation has been there for a long time – now it’s about the accommodation of the offspring. If you only have one child, you can be sure that you will have it with your grandparents without any problems. But families with two, three or even more children do not find it that easy to find suitable childcare for the time of the weekend vacation. If grandma and grandpa feel overwhelmed with more than one child, then the godparents or their own siblings can possibly take on this task. Incidentally, older children are very enthusiastic if they can stay with their best buddy or favorite friend for a weekend. After all, you can watch TV longer or chat late into the night about all the interesting things that move you…
Keep expectations realistic
The kids are accommodated, the luggage is stowed in the car – now we can start! Start your weekend for two as stress-free as possible and don’t annoy your partner on the freeway with the old sayings like “Do you always have to drive up so close???” Mutual respect and consideration are the prerequisites for a good time together. But don’t expect too much from this weekend. Everyday life is still in the bones and many a father or mother will not be able to switch to relaxation immediately. Don’t plan the short time without your offspring completely, because if you just rush from one sight to the next, you’ll come home more exhausted than when you left. Enjoy the little things instead: sleeping late in the morning, cuddling with your partner, Eat a hearty breakfast, wander around aimlessly, hear the birds sing, relax on the lounger after the sauna, go swimming together or end the evening with candlelight and wine. In such a relaxed phase, good conversations usually arise of their own accord. You might find a solution or two to solve minor everyday problems, but don’t expect major problems to go away in two days. The goal is to start a conversation with each other. Just have time for your partner. In such a relaxed phase, good conversations usually arise of their own accord. You might find a solution or two to solve minor everyday problems, but don’t expect major problems to go away in two days. The goal is to start a conversation with each other. Just have time for your partner. In such a relaxed phase, good conversations usually arise of their own accord. You might find a solution or two to solve minor everyday problems, but don’t expect major problems to go away in two days. The goal is to start a conversation with each other. Just have time for your partner.
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When the bad conscience gnaws
Many a parent will start the weekend without children with mixed feelings. Doubts can arise, especially in the case of people who have been raised very conservatively. Then the anticipation of the time with your partner is overshadowed by a guilty conscience. Am I actually allowed to do that? Just take me off work and park my children with the grandparents? Isn’t that very selfish? No! But on the contrary. Even if the older generation is sometimes a bit suspicious of today’s parents’ desire for togetherness – maintaining one’s own partnership is part of a good family life. She is what carries the family and only if the relationship is right can parents and children live together in trust and security and shape everyday life. It goes without saying that parents only spend a weekend alone when their children are developing enough to be able to stay overnight with grandparents or friends. As a rule, children from elementary school onwards particularly enjoy this “time out from their parents” and look forward to spending a whole weekend with grandpa or going to the swimming pool with their friend and his parents.
What to do on a weekend without kids?
- Do sports together
- Have a nice meal
- Go for a stroll
- Go to the cinema, theater or opera
- Bathing together
- Cook something delicious
A weekend without children – that is a real break from work and family life. Couples who have created this island usually do not want to do without it and are happy to integrate this short vacation into their everyday life. Back home you are happy to hug the kids and their eyes light up when mum and dad conjure up a small souvenir from the travel bag.