We recently had a few days away in Venice without the children and although I did really miss them, there are certainly some benefits of a kids-free holiday! Here are my top ten…
- I got to read my book uninterrupted on the flight – no requests for food, entertainment or questions about how much further there is to go.
- We could get up when we wanted to, sleeping in until we woke up naturally, rather than to demands of going in the pool.
- With no children requiring a detailed, and full, itinerary for the day, we were free to meander at will, going with the flow and just taking it at our own leisurely pace.
- There was no-one requiring cajoling into walking just a bit further, finishing their main course so they can have ice-cream or bribing into being quiet and not running riot in the restaurant.
- We could walk past an ice-cream seller without fear of a request for yet another ice-cream and the resulting tantrum when said child is told no.
- We weren’t hindered by lots of steep steps, having to worry about a child falling into the canal or keeping children in the boat.
- An evening out didn’t have to end in time to get the children into bed so as to avoid a subsequent day of meltdowns.
- There were no meltdowns.
- We didn’t have to carry round spare clothes, snacks, drinks, suncream, hats or wipes.
- The hugs we got from the children when we got home.