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Do You Take a Moms Vacation or Night Out?

We all know there are times when a mom needs to get away from it all. How do you handle it?

We may be moms (and dads), but we're also human. Raising a family, keeping the house, and often, managing a full-time job, well, there isn't enough time in the day for everything we've got to do.

We'd all like a break, even if it's just for few hours to catch a movie with friends, or have a quiet sushi dinner. If you're ambitious (and really exhausted), maybe you can swing the moms-only vacation. It's not too much to ask, right? A weekend away, maybe drive out to a spa—or more.

So tell the Madison Patch Moms Council—what do you do when you need to get away? (We're looking for good ideas!) How do you get all the details lined up so you can get away, guilt-free?

Colleen Bohensky March 30, 2011 at 07:53 PM
I'm sure my daughters would LOVE that idea as they get older. I'm also sure my husband would also enjoy that idea.... since it would leave him home to enjoy some alone time.
Elizabeth McConnell March 30, 2011 at 08:13 PM
Steven, I carried twins in my womb for 38 weeks after two other singleton pregnancies. Then I cared for four children, only one of whom went to school for two hours, three times a week for 5 years until they finally all went to school. And I'm still the only night time parent if anybody vomits, wets the bed or has a night mare. So yeah, when I find myself at home alone with a full DVR, I goof off. Not that I'm feeling guilty or anything :)
Colleen Bohensky March 30, 2011 at 08:54 PM
Your comment has mostly left me very curious as to whether your wife takes time out for herself.
Pamela Chirls March 31, 2011 at 01:41 PM
OK, Steve, you're going to get yourself in trouble with that comment! Like Elizabeth, I carried twins for a shorter period of time (38 weeks, you are a woman of enormous skill), and had another child a number of years later. I am a full-time working mother of three children and have a long list of volunteer jobs in addition to my paid one. Although my children seem to know that middle-of-the-night activities are unacceptable, I am the go-to person for all food requests, rides here and there, and homework help.
Elizabeth McConnell April 01, 2011 at 01:35 PM
I don't know if there was any skill involved in 38 weeks of twin pregnancy! Just lots more tummy stretching. Stretch marks by the minute, it seemed. I remember the doctor measuring my belly at one point and I said "How can it go on like this?" and he held up the tape measure and said "Don't worry, it goes up to 100 cm!" It's supposed to be 1 per week for a singleton pregnancy, right? Also, I wish I had the skill of teaching the children which things are unacceptable in the middle of the night. My number one thing: no vomiting after midnight!

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