OK ladies, book the girls’ weekend because experts say that we all need a ‘mumcation’ without the kids! Now, before you throw things in an overnight bag and charge out the door, read on to find out why time spent away from our kids is so beneficial. Cos, you know, vindication and all that!
Mothers should take ‘mumcations’ without the kids
American psychology professor, Dr Nava Silton, recently told news site Fox5NY that mothers should take holidays with friends and leave the kids behind. Dr Silton says, “Motherhood can be very stressful – whether it’s financial stresses, time stresses, just trying to get a whole lot done in a very short period of time. I think it’s really important for mothers to be rejuvenated and refreshed.”
The break away from day-to-day life as a mum is important for a mother’s wellbeing, and therefore good for the whole family dynamic too. The ‘dadcation’ should definitely be a thing too!
Why not just holiday with the kids?
Whilst a change of scenery can be good for the soul, any mum who has been on a family vacation knows full well that you often return more tired than before you left! A holiday with the kids is just being a mother in a different environment, often without the conveniences of home.
You will feel guilt for skipping out on a few days in your child’s life (or even a week, if you’re lucky) – that’s only natural. But your soul will thank you!
The rise of the honeyboomers
The trend to take a holiday without the kids has become so common that there’s even a name for the parents in their 40s and 50s who are enjoying these childfree breaks – honeyboomers. According to consumer site PureProfile, honeyboomers take breaks for various reasons. Rest and relaxation was top of the list, followed by a chance to work on their love life and seeking adventure.
Have you taken a break without the kids? What would be your ideal mumcation?
This article was written by Julie Scanlon, Editor for Kidspot NZ.
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