Wednesday, March 17, 2010
GUEST BLOGGER: Amanda Kane, LSW
Spring has FINALLY (unofficially) arrived in the Northeast! The (relatively) balmy weather of the past few days reminded me of the relaxation and effortless fun of warm weather. My clients with children have just begun to mention their plans for the summer months—camp, family vacations, beach and pool outings. Children need structure, so it is great to start thinking early about educational and fun activities to keep them busy once school ends. Summer is a great time for family bonding too, since time-off means that everyone can spend time together.
But let’s not forget that mommies and daddies sometimes need to take a few days for themselves and their relationship! Many of my clients, who are parents, seem to feel guilty about planning a couple’s vacation and leaving the kids at home. Don’t feel guilty! Spending quality time with your spouse will actually make you a better parent. Time away from the kids will reinforce the importance of your romantic relationship and strengthen the parental unit.
Consider planning a brief weekend trip with your partner that incorporates activities that you both enjoy. Getting away from familiar surrounding can renew your romantic and sexual spark and add excitement to your relationship. If you can’t afford a full-fledged vacation, then plan a weekly “date night” where you take a few hours to recharge your love.