Being a mom or parenting, in general, can be an exciting part of womanhood. You get to impart lessons to your children and on lighter days, play with them. There’s a lot of things you can do with your kids to make you feel relieved and relaxed. Not to mention how thrilling it is to have responsibilities you’ve once seen your mom do.
However, there’ll be instances when you can’t handle all these things. You may be one of those moms who are also working to provide for your family. Even for stay-in moms, taking care of your family can be challenging too. This is why getting an invitation from your girlfriends for a ladies’ getaway may excite you. You can finally get a taste of the positive effects of traveling. It’s needed since being a mom can really be exhausting.
But since your family is your priority, you may think that it’s inappropriate for you to come. While it’d depend on your situation, there are still ways to not feel guilty about accepting the invitation. Here are some things you can do so you’ll be able to enjoy a getaway with your girlfriends.
Talk to your partner about it
If you have a partner you’re going to leave for vacation, you need to talk to them first. Your partner needs to be involved in any decision-making. Especially with this one, you will have to leave them with the kids. One advantage of this is ending up with a mutual decision. They will understand if you can explain how important this trip is.
This is also the time to tell your partner about taking care of the children, their schedules, everything that concerns the household. You can also talk about hiring a babysitter if your partner is busy. If your partner allows you to go on a trip, don’t forget to be thankful.
Ensure the safety of your loved ones
You may have already gotten used to being hands-on when it comes to taking care of your kids. This will surely make it difficult for you to leave them even for your own relaxation. Most moms worry about when leaving their children is their overall safety. Ensuring their safety is a job you can do before leaving for vacation.
Talk to your partner and children about safety precautions and how to stay safe while you’re out. Leave important contact numbers of relatives or family urgent care facility. Make sure they’re told about places in your house where they can be prone to injuries. Doing all these can ensure your family’s safety and give you peace of mind while you’re away.
Set your kids’ expectations
Your children may be very close to you. It’ll be a little different for them to feel your absence in the next few days. This is why you must set their expectations. Tell them you’ll be gone for this number of days but will be immediately back. If you’re getting a babysitter, introduce your children to them a week or days before you go. Ensure your kids that you’re leaving them in good hands.
Think about self-care
Parents are very susceptible to exhaustion. Juggling between two jobs and maintaining a close relationship with your children can be very tiring. There are instances that you’ll really feel down. It may be perfect for taking a break and using this vacation to unwind. Parenting burnout is true and can be dangerous for your mental and physical health. It’s hard to slow down if you already have a family. Grab the chance to prioritize your welfare the moment you get the opportunity.
Constant communication with the family you left at home can reduce your anxiety. Schedule a call every night before your family sleeps. You can also ask your partner or your children to call you instead. This is useful for checking in on your family’s condition while you’re out for vacation. A single 5-10 minute call won’t interfere with your getaway. Make sure to have constant communication with your family.
Rewarding yourself with a vacation isn’t bad. That’s true, especially if you know you’re working extremely hard on taking care of your family. Your mental health will also benefit greatly from this trip with your friends. If you’re feeling exhausted at home, this getaway can help you feel refreshed. Having a sound mind and body can make you better care of your family.