Do You Vacation Without Your Children?

January 25, 2011 by Mom Jeanine
shefinds | Kids

I love my daughter, I really do. But it’s that time of year when I’m thinking about trips for the upcoming year and I’m seriously considering taking a vacation… without her. Of course, we’ll take a trip or two as a family, but I’ve already started secretly budgeting for a 3rd trip just for myself.

Is that horribly selfish? I can’t decide.

I’ve been justifying it to myself by saying, “Even moms need to take some time away to relax and rejuvenate. I’ll come back to her well-rested and refreshed and I’ll be a better mom because of it.” But then I have flashbacks to the time my parents took a trip to Bermuda while I was away at camp. I was so sad. Beyond sad, actually. I called my grandmother, threw a huge fit and convinced myself that they didn’t love me. I just remember feeling horrible and I would hate to make my little girl feel that way.

So I’m wondering–is it totally normal to take vacations without your kids? Or after you have a family, should you only travel as a pack? Share your thoughts in the comments.

And for your reference only, here’s the resort I’m saving for… if I can get over the guilt and decide to go through with my mom vacation, that is.

Nice, right?

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