Parent break

Today myself and hubby had a rare chance to be together because it was raining. He couldnt work and the children were booked in with my Mum while I was supposed to be helping him with the job. They were still desperate to spend the day with Granny even though our plans had changed so myself and hubby found ourselves in the luxurious position of something to enjoy together without the children (and not the obvious….and slightly naughty option).

We went swimming.

I havent swam since July. Hubby hasnt swam since…..well he couldnt remember.

I used to be able to crack out 40-50 lengths without stopping, now I need to take a much needed breather after 4. Likewise with my hubby who has shifted from being a tree climber to an office worker so is less active. It is depressing how quickly fitness diminishes.

After 20 lengths we called time out and went for a well earned coffee and resisted the cakes. We enjoyed talking without interruptions about fixing toys, preparing food snacks and loo breaks. We also had a very civilised quite time flicking through the papers. Then we grabbed a baguette still warm from the oven in a local shop and set off for a walk with the two dogs without two little voices complaining of tired legs 5 minutes into the journey.

The same goes for the children too. My Mum gave them chocolate no questions asked and didnt balk if they asked for more. She role played with them til their heart’s content without forgetting seconds later and falling out of character or getting distracted my a mobile phone or an email. They also got plenty of ‘bosom time’ – lots of cuddles with my well endowed mother who did not pass those particular genes down to me. My baby son said to her once ‘I love your barbies’.

Kids need a break from parents too.

This blog is for Unicef.

Thanks for reading.

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