Today, as we walked out the door for a weekend away without the kids, the same statement came out of Jamie and Mine’s mouth, at the very same time.
Horrible, I know – but sometimes you just need a refresh. It has been a long month in parenting. We’re much overdue to hit the refresh button, to reset the game of parenting. This time around, we’re getting out of town, spending the weekend in the mountains while the grandparents take care of the kids. We’re probably going to spend the weekend in front of the fireplace, watching movies, leaving to eat at some of our favourite places in Canmore,
Planning this quick getaway earlier this week, I asked him if he wanted to go on an icewalk, or go snowshoeing this weekend. His answer to both was no. We’ll be back soon enough, he said, we should take this weekend to do absolutely nothing.
And he’s right.
Room service, couples massage, hot tub, beers and food.
That’s how we’re spending this weekend.
Trying to hit the parent refresh button? Here’s how:
Get away for the weekend. Seriously, just get out of town. We’re fortunate enough to have grandparents that will take the kids for the weekend. If you don’t have family, make some good friends. Make some best friends that you can swap kids with for the weekend. You take their kids one weekend, they take yours. Sure, it’s going to be hectic for the family that has all the kids, but the one going away – it’s going to be refreshing.
Get a couples massage. Last week, I bought a groupon for a couples massage that I booked for next week. Any month that has two massages in it is a good one, right? Even better when I booked the couples massage in-town, for under eighty bucks for the both of us. This mini getaway will leave you more patient, relaxed and ohmmmm.
Go on a Staycation. We took a staycation a while ago, staying at a hotel in town while the kids stayed with my parents. It was refreshing. We spent some time shopping, we went out for dinner and we went to the casino. It was a mini staycation vacation that left us refreshed.
Go to the local Pool. This one’s cheap and easy. It’s how we spend a lot of our date nights, swimming laps and hanging out in the hot tub at the local pool. Then, you can observe all those parents trying to decide where to go, and whether their kid is going to go down the blue or red slide. Under fifteen bucks and it’s like a mini vacation. Want even more sun? Ditch the kids and have a day at the Waterpark – just don’t tell the kids.
What about you? How do you hit the refresh button in parenting? Oh, and if you’re curious – that fabulous hot tub (there’s three in the refreshing spa space, is at Silver Creek Lodge in Canmore).