Raising children requires a lot of work. As a mother, you are constantly cooking, cleaning and helping your kids with homework. If you have multiple children, you are frequently playing referee to sibling squabbles, as well.
Even if you do find the time for a family trip, a vacation with the children is not that relaxing. You have to constantly keep them out of trouble and deal with inevitable tantrums.
You thus need to take a vacation on your own this summer. You can go on a romantic tour of Europe with your significant other. There are plenty of Greek Island cruises available, as well. Here are some reasons you deserve a fun trip.
You Work Harder Than You Think
You probably do not even realize exactly how much work you do. A 2011 study found that moms work 52.7 hours each week. This includes their paid jobs along with motherly activities such as waking up everyone, doing laundry and driving kids to extracurricular activities. During the 18 years that children live at home, moms spend 15,834 hours just caring for their kids. It is no wonder mothers typically have less leisure time than fathers do.
Your Mind and Body Require a Break
You should not feel guilty about taking a kid-free vacation, either. Psychologists believe that trips are good for both mothers and the families they leave behind.
That is because vacations give you a chance to relax before you burn out. More than 10 percent of parents report experiencing this burnout at least once a week. This can reduce your energy and make your parenting less effective. Over time, severe burnout may even cause anxiety or depression. To perform your best as a parent, you should go on regular vacations.
You need sufficient sleep in order to function properly in your household, as well. Yet getting enough sleep can be impossible with young children in the home. They probably wake you up during the night or refuse to go to bed at all. A solo vacation lets you catch up on your rest.
You Need a Chance To Grow
It is easy to get stuck in a rut when you are constantly balancing your job with taking care of children. After all of this work, you deserve a transformative experience away from the kids. Travel lets you expand your horizons and learn about new cultures. You will also have time to practice self-care and show off your creativity.
Your Romantic Relationship Could Use a Boost
Working and parenting all the time can cause a strain on your relationship with your spouse or partner. A vacation with your lover should give your romance some needed spark. You will both remember why you fell in love with each other.
Even traveling without your partner should improve your relationship. This will show that you trust him to run the household for a few days. Meanwhile, your partner will get to experience how much work you do each day. He should then appreciate you more once you return.
Your children will also get a chance to bond with your spouse while you are away. The kids may even have to start doing more tasks by themselves. This should make them more mature and independent. If you bring your spouse along for the vacation, your kids should love spending a few days with their grandparents or fun aunt.
Being a mother is a full-time job. Just as employees need a few days off from work to recharge, you should take some time for yourself each year. You deserve a vacation from your responsibilities. You can take a couples’ trip with your spouse or a girls’ cruise with your best pals. You can even go on a solo hike in the mountains. No matter what type of vacation you choose, you will come back feeling refreshed and ready to take on the daily challenges of motherhood.