My husband Jules is currently on a two-week surfing holiday with nine other blokes. He Skypes us most days and I am getting a lot of What’s App photos depicting vast stretches of blue water and the fish he has caught and eaten. In the meantime, I am at home with our two boys Toby, aged seven and Leo, 16 months, and thanks to the help of my mum we are all managing pretty well.
I say ‘pretty well’ because of course, we miss him and his excellent fatherly and husbandly skills, but he deserved the break and it is good to have some time apart.
Since Toby came along in 2010, we have been big proponents of the solo holiday or short break from family time. There are so many benefits when one parent gets a vacay, not least of all that the person in question comes back feeling refreshed and ready to parent up a storm.
As the current non-holidaying parent, I can confirm that it is not all slog being left behind either. In fact, I have noticed quite a few advantages to having a break in our normal family routine…