Is couple trip a concept that you think just won’t work for you? You think that it will spiral into a guilt trip even before you leave and you end up having a family holiday because you think that the only holiday you will ever need are holidays with the children. However, going away on a trip where you can be husband and wife, and not anyone’s parents, for a few days can do you good. Here are five reasons to convince you that it’s actually a good thing for parents to vacation without kids:
Going on a vacation without kids means you have dedicated time for each other that provide lots of opportunities for relationship growth. Since daily life is already overwhelming that you forget to put your husband/wife at the top of your list, vacation is the right moment to just focus on both of you and to keep the sparks alive.
Traveling without children allows parents to be individuals, and to take care of themselves as individuals too. Let’s think about this: what could be better than a time for mommy to have some quiet and peaceful moments with a good book while daddy goes for a fishing trip? That time away, even as couple, is good for parents. You will return a happier, more engaged person and parent.
Parenting is a constant monitoring of kids’ needs and wants, until you can no longer maintain your own sanity. Going on a vacation without them is hard with all the guilty feeling that may arise from leaving them behind, not being able to physically be there and take care of them for a moment, but you will come home with heightened appreciation for them, and so will they.
When you separate yourself from your children, you give them a chance to be independent. Kids need to feel independent and confident in their own abilities without needing constant affirmation from parents.
When you’re on a vacation with your spouse, chances are you’re going to leave your children with a close family you trust. This will allow for a precious bonding time between your children and other important people in your life.
Are these reasons to leave your kids for vacation convincing enough? We certainly think that every parent needs some time off, to enjoy the holiday moment with each other and come back home refreshed and ready to take on the parenthood thing all over again.
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Among the Indonesian Christian community, Sidney and Etha Mohede are extremely popular. Sidney is best known as an award-winning gospel singer-songwriter and one of the pastors of a Jakarta-based megachurch, while Etha is a social media influencer. This Christmas season, we had the opportunity to talk with The Mohedes about their Christmas tradition, how they're going to spend this year's Christmas, and the importance of photography for their family.
We think our family's Christmas is just like any other family's. When we're in Jakarta, on Christmas morning we'd wake up and open our Christmas presents. But, since these couple of years we spent our Christmases traveling overseas, we'd open the presents before we fly off.
Also, we like to think that the trip itself is the present for the entire family, and we are happy to enjoy the trip together, just us and our three children.
Our family's Christmas dinner usually happens on the Christmas Eve, with simple dishes and no special table decorations. We always like to finish up all the hassle before Christmas Day itself. On Christmas Day we'd usually just eat simple take outs and just enjoy our time together.
However, we think that our family's dinners–be it Christmas or not–is a tradition in itself. We want to make sure that every family member sit around the table at dinner time. We see nowadays in modern families, at dinner time everybody's still busy with their own things; the kids watching videos on their tables, the parents still busy with their gadgets... We don't want that in our family. We make sure that everyone sits around the table and really enjoy our time together, including on Christmas dinners.
This year we'll be going to Europe, namely Italy and the Netherlands. This would be our first time in Italy, and it's a 3-families trip. We're flying off to Dusseldorf, then we'll travel to Milan and meet the other 2 families there. Then we'd spend 7 days in Italy and 7 days in Netherlands, so in total it would be a 14 days trip.
As for the detailed itinerary, we honestly have no clue, but we've already booked a car to drive around. We want to try a road trip-style holiday this time around, and we think it would be fun! It's going to be an adventure!
Of course! For me (Sidney) personally, I love photography because it is a way I can express my passion easily. I was an art major in university, and my first passion was drawing and painting. But drawing something takes a lot of time. With a camera, I can capture the beauty of what I was seeing wherever I go with a single snap. I can still use my brain and eye for the compositions and colours, and I can express my visual arts passion in an easy way, without having to spend more than 30 minutes to draw one picture.
Which is why, we also love SweetEscape very much, because the idea of not being the one who takes the photographs and actually being photographed once in a while is really fun! Honestly, I'm (Sidney) not a big fan of being photographed, like most guys, I believe. But for a family photo, it's always nice to have, since most of the times we'd have to take turns taking pictures with the kids, or resort to selfies. With SweetEscape, we don't have to worry about this, and all five of us can be in the picture together!
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