This past weekend my parents took our daughter, for not one, but two nights! It honestly, was wonderful, amazing and relaxing. The last time we had two days off was last September. Our marriage and sanity needed it. While our daughter isn’t that “needy” or “difficult,” it still is a lot of work being a parent and when you can take advantage of a break, I say – go for it!

Whenever I get a nice long break, I tend to realize things about myself that I overlooked or masked before. Here is my list of how having a “parent break” affects me.

– I see the small things in life and how meaningful they are. Saturday night was a snow storm and I laid on the couch, looking out our large window, staring at the snow coming down. It was honestly, so relaxing and peaceful

– I’m not such a bitch after all! Ha. It’s true. Being at home with the hubby alone allows me to unwind and de-stress. I can look back at how I acted the days prior and see that stress really can make someone overreact.

– I care about what I look like. When I got up both mornings, I changed into presentable clothing. Why? Well, my kid wasn’t home so I had some extra time. I felt better about myself.

– I learn more about my husband. We have time to talk, sit back and hear about what each other has to stay.

– I laugh more.

Luckily my daughter behaved so well that my parents may take her again this weekend (one night only – bummer, but I will take it!).

How does having a “parent break” affect you personally and your marriage?

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