4 Reasons You Should Have a Staycation with Your Spouse if You Have Kids | NESHEAHOLIC

Sunday, January 21, 2018

4 Reasons You Should Have a Staycation with Your Spouse if You Have Kids

My husband and I both work. BabyCakes goes to daycare during the day. His sister is relatively local but our daughter's grandparents are both states away. All this to say we don't have many childcare options. Because of this we don't get much time with just the two of us. We were very fortunate to have our first parents only vacation this year after three years of parenting.

So what do you do when you can't get away as a couple? You have a STAYCATION! Between Christmas and New Years Hubs and I had a week off of work together and it was AWESOME. We caught up on TV, watched movies, went on day dates, and played games.


You can take advantage of your usual child-care

The advantage of a staycation when you are a parent is that you can utilize your usual child-care if you don't have access to childcare to go on vacation. Each day we brought BabyCakes to daycare as usual, and then had the days to ourselves. 

You can rekindle your pre-kid couple vibe

Becoming parents changes you as a couple. We've been a family of three for a while now and I love it, but there is something special about our couple only moments. A staycation allows you to rekindle how things were before your bundle of joy made their entrance, being in your home and interacting with each other without parenting, going on spontaneous dates, etc. 


It helps you enjoy your children more

I was so amazed at how much energy I had to play with my daughter during our staycation. I was excited for her to come home, planning more activities for us to do and enjoying more playtime with her. When you have time to relax and enjoy yourself and your partner, it leaves you with more energy to care for your child when they are home. 

It allows for intentional relaxation in your home

You would think that you always relax when you're home but that just isn't the case. You're doing housework, working on work and side projects, etc. A staycation allows you to have intentional and dedicated relaxation time in your home, a luxury we don't often have.

If you can't make it on a full vacation with your spouse consider a staycation. They definitely have their benefits!

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  1. This is something that I have been wanting to do for some time now. We are a family of 6. Having that many kids has made child care a difficult thing to come by. My husband was wanting to do something special for my 30th birthday coming this weekend, but we will still have the baby (older 3 will be with my ex-husband). So the things I want to do - won't be possible. Neither of us have family near enough to take over for a couple hours. It makes things hard. I'm glad that you and your hubby got the chance to have time to yourselves. Couples need that. Without parenting.

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  2. Wow, I bet that staycation is the perfect getaway for parents! I don't have kids, but if I did, I know I'd feel anxious if I went far away to relax. This way, I would be there in case of emergency, but I could still enjoy the day and have some "me time." Thanks for spreading this idea!

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    1. That's a good point too. When they're younger you do want to stay closer just in case.

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  3. I don’t have a spouse but I still think a staycation is super important! This past August I was feeling burned out so I took my little boy to a resort in Scottsdale for 3 days and even though it was only 30 min from our home it felt so relaxing to spend our days floating down a lazy river and having lunch brought to us poolside :) Shell

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  4. Time alone with your partner is so important. Our kids are out the house and we both work from home, so we get a lot of time together, but we struggle with pulling away from everything for the QT... Usually when we get to arguing a bit I'm like it might be time for a date. lol

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    1. lol, that's a good sign that it's time for a date night.

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  5. This makes sense to me! I could see my husband and I having a staycation just like this if we had kids.

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  6. A Staycation is an awesome idea for couples to enjoy each others company and be close to their children at the same time. Love this!

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  7. AWW what a great time!! I love that you still sent your daughter to day care, thats not where I thought your story was going at first but it had a lovely end!!

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  8. I don't have kids but I understand how difficult it must be to take time for yourself or with your partner. A staycation sounds like a good idea.

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  9. What a wonderful post and idea. Especially if you have kids, staycations are most needed to rekindle, rejuvenate and recharge. Love seeing your photos - such happy faces. Thanks for this and many blessings to you both <3 xo Evelyn, www.PathofPresence.com

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  10. I think its really important to spend time with your loved one away from the children, its a time to celebrate you both! I love the idea of staycations :)

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  11. Hello,
    yes, its important to spend time with our partners. I have two kids aged 10 and 12 and its always very nice somethimes when they go to my parents for the weekends so we can spend more time together. Have a great day.

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  12. We haven't tried to spend our time without our kids, We always have a staycation with our loving kids. To have a quality time and makes some good and fun memories. I think we should try it.

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  13. As a travel blogger, I definitely prefer to travel away from home than stay at home lol. But I do appreciate that sometimes staying at home can be nice, with all your home comforts around you x

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  14. Oh. This surely will help both me and my mom whom I stay with. We have a big family of 4 siblings and 2 of my own. Thanks for sharing.

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