Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Complete Guide To Planning A Romantic Trip (When You Have Children)

When you have children, keeping the romance in your relationship can be difficult. Children change every aspect of your life in ways you can't imagine. That means that your relationship with your partner changes. You are no longer a couple; you are mommy and daddy. That means that you start acting more like parents than people. You need to take some time out now and then. Spending quality time with your partner will help you to revitalize your relationship. Remember, relationships take hard work. Nobody has a perfect relationship straight away. You need to work at building a successful relationship. Many parents feel guilty about leaving their children and taking a mini-break. That feeling is normal. If you have never been away from your children before, the idea of leaving them will terrify you. You can't be great parents if you have a bad relationship with one another. That is why it is so important to spend some time together. Here is the complete guide to planning a romantic trip when you have kids.

Choose the right time to travel

Choosing the right time to travel is vital. The important thing is not to disrupt your children's lives. Make sure you think about the right time to go away. Check that your children don't have any important events coming up and that they won't need you for anything. For example, if your child is in the school play, make sure your travel times don't overlap with their opening night. Making sure that you choose the right time to plan a vacation will make a huge difference. Going whilst the children are at school will mean that the trip is cheap.

Keep things short and sweet

Whilst it is important to get some time away together, you must make sure that you keep the trip short. You may want to travel Europe for three or four weeks, but doing so is not practical. Your children will miss you if you leave for too long. The fact that you are not around could have a negative impact on their school work. You should make sure that you keep the trip short and sweet. Plan a trip for just a few days. Your children will be fine without you for that period, and you will still get a great break.

Tell your children why you're going without them

The fact that you're going away without your children might be a little hard on them. If you, usually, vacation as a family, your children might think they've done something wrong. Explain to your children that they have done nothing wrong. Tell them that you guys need to go away without them this time, but that next time you will all be together. Make sure that your children understand why you're leaving and tell them when you'll be back. Tell them you'll bring them presents when you return.

Find the best childcare

You have likely left your children with a babysitter for a night before now. Leaving your children for an extended period can be difficult. It is vital that you find the right childcare for your children. Make sure that you choose somebody who you can trust while you're away. You will not enjoy your vacation if you spend all the time worrying about your children. Look for potential candidates on Hold interviews for babysitters who you like the look of, and see whether you can find the right person. When both you and your partner are happy with someone, hire them for the role.

Make a schedule for your children

You need to make sure that your children are busy while you're away. Leaving everything up to the babysitter isn't fair. You know your children, and you know their usual routine. Keeping a level of stability in your children's lives while you're away will make the process easier. Make a schedule for your children that you can leave with the babysitter. Include things like bedtimes, meal times and study times. When your babysitter knows the schedule, he or she can make sure that your children stick to it. Your children will be more likely to obey your babysitter when they can see that you've told him or her all the rules.

Choose a destination

Choosing a destination is not just about picking a place you want to go. When you have children, it is important to stay close by so that you are near if they need you. Choose a destination from which you can easily return if you need to do so. Finding a romantic place that is not a million miles from home will mean you are on hand when your kids need you. Look for romantic breaks in nearby states or countries.

Find cheap fares and hotels

If you travel when the children are at school, you will find that everything is cheap. Travel companies boost their prices during the children's school break. That means that if you travel during term time, you will get a great deal. Talk to a travel agent about the best deal for you and see what they have to offer. It is worth going to a range of different companies before you book your vacation. Doing so will mean that you can compare prices so that you know you are getting the best deal. Look at reviews online to find the right hotel for you.

Call to check on your children (but not too often)

When you're on vacation, there will be a temptation to call home every ten minutes to check up on your children. Of course, you need to call home a few times while you're away, but try not to call too often. Calling once a day is plenty. You need to trust the babysitter to do a great job. He or she can't do their job if you are calling all the time. You should also remember that this is a vital time for your children. If it is the first time you've left your children for more than a day, it will be a learning curve for you. You don't want to teach your children to be completely reliant on you. If you call too often, your children will believe that is a normal thing to do. Instead, make a few calls while you're away, but focus on enjoying your break.

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