Once you become a parent, your life becomes entirely focused on your kids. This isn’t a bad thing, of course, as kids can bring us plenty of joy and happiness. But there will be some times when you wish that you had a bit more time to yourself to do all the stuff you used to do before the little ones arrived on the scene.
So, there really is no wonder that most parents jump at the chance of some time to themselves when their kids go away. Whether they are just away for one night at a friend’s slumber party or for a week or so at summer camp, it’s really worth jumping on this chance to do your own thing for a few days.
Feeling a bit lost with all of this spare time you now have? Here are some great ideas of things that you and your partner might want to get up to – they range from practical things that you might have meant to do for some time to fun things that you wouldn’t normally get the chance to do with the kids in tow!
Sort Out Your Taxes
There’s no denying that things can get very hectic when you have to balance your work life and looking after the kids. There can be hardly any time to grab a quick cup of coffee as you browse the day’s headlines in the newspaper! So, how on earth are you ever going to find the time to get your taxes in order? Instead of letting all of your filing build up until it becomes a big rush right before the deadline, it’s a good idea to sort out your paperwork on days you don’t have the kids. Even if that means doing a little bit at odd times throughout the year, it will still cut down on how much work you have to do right before the final filing deadline!
Kickstart Your Job Hunt
Have you been thinking about looking for a better job lately? Maybe one that can offer you more responsibility and a better wage, or perhaps just one that will give you more free time with the kids? No matter how desperate you are to find a new job, you might find that the search is almost impossible when you have to spend so much time taking care of the kids. So, now that they aren’t around, you will easily be able to dedicate a couple of hours to your job hunt. Even if you aren’t particularly interested in finding a new job right now, you might find it very useful to use all of this new spare time to update your resume so that it is good to go when you are ready.
Conquer The Clutter
Kids left the house in a complete mess? No problem – you’ll have plenty of time to get everything back in order while they are away for a few days! Take a look through all of your belongings and think about which ones you could do without. You might want to consider taking these to a charity shop or recycling them. Now is also a great time to do some deep cleaning in those problem areas like your kitchen and bathroom. It’s worth taking as much as possible out of these rooms and really getting into every nook and cranny to remove any dirt and grime. It’s a great idea to get all of this clean before the kids get back as you will be able to use some really strong cleaning products without worrying about harming your children.
Take Advantage Of The TV
Do you never get to watch anything because your kids are always hogging the TV? Well, now is your chance to lie back on the sofa and indulge in whatever it is you’ve been missing out on! You might even want to treat yourself to a new Netflix or Amazon Prime package so that you have more shows and movies to choose from. It’s worth taking a look at Suddenlink for more ideas of the different internet and streaming packages you can treat yourself to. Seeing as the kids won’t be around, you can binge watch all the shows and movies that aren’t suitable for young eyes!
Go To The Movies
But why stay in when you don’t have the kids to look after? You don’t even have to go to all the bother of trying to find a babysitter. So, it’s the perfect chance to have a movie night with your partner. Why not turn it into a nice little date night and for a meal and drinks before or after the film? No matter what your taste in movies is, I’m sure you will be able to find one to suit you. There’s always a wide range of Hollywood blockbusters and smaller, independent productions out in the cinema.
Finish Your Book
Another thing that some parents regularly complain about is that they never get much chance to finish a book that they start reading. It can be quite easy to make time for reading if you are really dedicated – one option you have is to take a book to bed with you and read it before you turn the lights out, for example. But now that the kids are away for a couple of days, you will have plenty of time to get stuck into a good book throughout the day and evening. Once you get back from the office, you can make yourself a cup of tea and snuggle under a blanket on the sofa with that book that you’ve been trying to finish for ages.
Cook Your Favorite Meals
We all know just how picky some kids can be. Whether they are pushing their broccoli away or screwing up their face at the sight of mushrooms, there are a whole load of different foods that some kids won’t touch, no matter how hard you try to persuade them. Do you find that your picky kids mean that you have to restrict the meals and dishes that you cook and serve up for mealtimes? Well, if that is the case, then you will be very happy while the kids are away as you will be able to cook whatever you and your partner want! You’ll be able to add a lot more spice to dishes and you will also be able to be exotic when it comes to your ingredient choices. After all, you won’t have any pick taste buds turning their noses up at your food!
Give Something Back
It’s always good to give something back to society and your local neighborhood, especially if they have really helped you out previously when you were going through a difficult period. And there is no better way to give something back than by volunteering and getting stuck in with a local good cause. Some parents would love to do this more but they just don’t get the chance to with all of their responsibilities back at home. But now that you no longer have to worry about looking after the kids for a few days, you can think about spending a few hours volunteering with a charity of your choice. You might even like the idea of holding your very own fundraising event to try and raise as much cash as possible for a charity of good cause.
Connect With Loved Ones
When we are busy we also forget to keep in touch with our nearest and dearest. Even if we don’t forget, it can be pretty tricky trying to find the time to pick up the phone or write someone a quick email. It’s really worth thinking about who you haven’t been in touch with for a while and righting that wrong now that you don’t have the kids to distract you. Just think of how long you could spend on the phone to one of your besties who you haven’t spoken to for a few months – I’m sure that you will have loads of stuff to catch up on! This free time also gives you a chance to clear out your work inbox. Are there a few people who you should have replied to by now? Well, now is your chance to do that! And it also gives you a chance to clear out any junk and spam from your inbox. By the time the kids get back, your inbox should be at zero emails.
It can be difficult to keep the spark in your relationship alive when you have to focus on the kids. Now that the kids aren’t around for a few days, you can work on rekindling your romance with your partner. All it’ll take is a couple of date nights and cozy evenings snuggled up on the sofa.
Hopefully, this long list will keep you occupied while you don’t have any kids to look after! You might enjoy this spare time so much that you start to send them away more often!
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