Last week, my husband told me what he wants to do for his 40th birthday. He wants to go on an overseas holiday… without me and the kids.
His plan is to go to New Zealand so he can watch a certain sporting event, and then do a bit of sight-seeing. It’ll be during term time, and I don’t believe in pulling kids out of school for a holiday, so there’s no chance of us all tagging along with him. He knows that, but he doesn’t want to make the trip at another time. He wants to see this particular match.
He can’t see anything wrong with his plan. I can.
Holidays. It's a family thing, right? Photo via iStock.
To me, once you have a family, you have family holidays. Sure, as parents, you have your own interests. You go out, on your own, with your friends. You might go away interstate for a weekend, to see a concert or a grand final or something.
But the whole thing of renewing your passport, shelling out some serious cash for an airfare, packing a suitcase and exploring a new country — surely that should be something you do as a family?
We've got two kids and we both work. It's not like we have unlimited money or unlimited holidays to play with.
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