Experts say that mums should have solo holidays and here are the reasons why
Well, if the experts say so...
Psychologists suggest that mothers need to take breaks by going on mom-cations and even better they suggest that it should be for at least two days!
I think I can hear a few mums cheering already.
Yes, experts are suggesting that mums take a break from it all, not just for their own mental health but also for the wellbeing of their family.
Psychology professor, Dr Nava Silton has said to WDRB;
"It's very important for kids to see that balance that ideally needs to be achieved in a family situation."
While mother of two, Judy Khosh admitted;
"I came back and I was a better mom. A more patient mom. A better wife. You learn to appreciate what you have at home because you got that break from it all."
I think there is a lot to be said for mums getting a little break and I wholeheartedly agree that it helps improve mental health.
As parents, we are constantly thinking about the needs of others and it can put a lot of stress and strain on us both physically and mentally.
A couple of days to simply think about ourselves is the ultimate treat and the couple of times I've gotten to get away child free I didn't know myself.
While the experts talk about mum taking a mom-cation I think primary caregivers, in general, need some time off every once in a while.
In my home, both my husband and I work as well as splitting parenting duties, so likewise we both need a break.
There have been times when I've travelled without my family for a friends birthday or to attend events like the Galway Film Fleadh and my husband has done the same if he needs a bit of R&R.
Looking after yourself really does mean you can look after your family better and I have to agree with Judy in that I was less impatient with my children or the situations that can arise as a parent because I had had that little break to unwind.
For those raising kids solo, a luxury like this is almost impossible and I think it would be a really cool idea if there was a parenting club where parents took turns watching each other's kids while they went on parent-cations.
Sort of like the babysitter's club but you're allowed drink wine.
What do you think? Do all parents deserve a kid-free break from time to time? And if you went on a break away where would you go?