…And How These Weekend Trips Will Drastically Improve Your Family Life
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Most of us love vacations for plenty of reasons ranging from a different climate to visiting fun places or having exciting experiences. There is always the joy of looking forward to a fun trip with loved ones to get away from it all but I have found it to be truly beneficial for so many reasons.
See, I have learned that taking smaller getaways is so incredibly important for my sanity. I am not talking about jet setting to a foreign country or spending your savings on plane tickets for a 2 day beach trip. I am talking about a nice, weekend trip, maybe 3-4 hours away from home. Pack up the car on Friday after work/school and head out to that beautiful campsite, the lakefront condo you love to rent out, or just a leisurely hotel.
I live in Missouri so Branson is the trip we have planned for June 30 – July 4th. This way, we can celebrate my 30th Birthday, spend quality family time together, and experience new things all in just a few days. It’s only about a 3 ½ hour drive for us to get there so it is very much doable. I found awesome hotel deals on Groupon, as well as discounts on tickets for shows and attractions! Typically, I wouldn’t extend our weekend getaway into a 4 night trip but seeing as it’s a birthday trip as well as a holiday week, I didn’t feel too bad!
Getting out-of-town provides so many benefits to me, as a mother. When I am staying in a hotel or condo, I don’t feel the need to be cleaning or doing someone’s laundry every single moment. At home, so many of us moms find it impossible to relax because there is ALWAYS something that needs to be done.
Often times, the boyfriend ends up taking side jobs and working during the weekend as well as working late each evening. This makes it so hard for us to truly spend any time together but even when he is at home, there’s always a project we need to finish or laundry that is waiting to be done, or the grocery shopping has to happen. The list goes on.
When we leave for a little mini-vacation, I am not sitting on the couch in the living room looking at the mess of toys my son has out that I need to get up and put away. I am not waiting for the dryer to ding so I can fold the next load of laundry. I suppose you could call it mom-guilt, the inability to just relax when at home, knowing there is plenty to be done.
When I don’t force us, as a family, to get out of the house and either plan a day at the zoo or a local pool or mini fishing trip, my entire weekend is spent slaving away on the house. Now, I know what you are thinking. This is necessary when there is work to be done and yes, I agree, HOWEVER, weekends are not weekends when we get into this habit of being a workhorse.
In order to make a LIFE and not just a LIVING, it is immensely important that we plan, as a family, to make memories as often as possible.
Being a full-time working mom, my only days “off” are Saturday and Sunday but we know that mom’s don’t actually have days off. I have decided in the past few months that in order to make a LIFE and not just a LIVING, it is immensely important that we plan, as a family, to make memories as often as possible.
Sure, it’s great when my son spends the entire weekend out in the backyard playing with neighbors but it leaves me to feel as though I have to be inside cleaning and cooking dinner and preparing grocery lists since he is otherwise occupied. This feeling of “mom-burnout” is what I have decided has to stop.
We all deserve to love the life we are living and while maintaining the home is very important, we cannot let it rule our lives.
This led me to decide that on weekends, if we don’t take a trip, all work around the house must stop by 6 p.m. After dinner, it is time to relax with my family and catch up on a show, watch a good movie, or play a board game together. There is no reason for us mothers to be working ourselves crazy right up until we fall into bed at night, only to start the same cycle again tomorrow.
Do yourselves a favor and make some rules. I have been working on creating a chore chart that not only shows who does what but it will show what days we do each task. This will allow me to plan for days that I will do nothing at all or days that the whole family will get out of the house and go have some fun without mom feeling guilty for the work left behind!
Sit down and plan out some weekend getaways this year! Whether they are just 1 night away or an extended weekend, stop the work and make the memories because while the house will be a mess again tomorrow, the memories will last forever.
Do you have a favorite weekend vacation spot your family loves to go? What do you do to maintain the balance in life? Let me know in the comments below!
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