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It’s tough to make time for romantic getaways — FranklyStein

ChrisMeWho should come first, your spouse or your kids?

A number of years ago, I assigned a story on this topic. I’ve always been of the mindset that your spouse should come first, but the freelancer thought otherwise. The story didn’t turn out quite what I expected and, I don’t know if it’s a coincidence, but the freelancer’s marriage didn’t last.

Kids take up a ton of time, and it’s hard to find the time to devote to your marriage, but most experts agree that it’s imperative. I’ve found that the older my kids get, however, the harder it is to find the time to spend with my husband.

When they were little, we tried to get away at least once a year for a weekend. We had a special babysitter who could handle spending a whole weekend with the kids, and we would reserve her months in advance. Our favorite destination was a B&B in the Shenandoah Mountains. We would sleep in, go for long hikes and have romantic dinners. But most of all, we would talk uninterrupted. It was heavenly.

The last time we went away together was in 2010 — four long years ago. These days, we have trouble finding time to go out to dinner much less spend a whole weekend away. I thought that once the kids were older and didn’t need constant supervision, it would be easier. But that’s not the case at all. Our weekends are booked with their activities year round. We’d need a whole army of driving babysitters to be able to break away for a weekend.

I miss those special weekends with Chris tremendously. There was something rejuvenating about the alone time. It reminded us of what life was like before kids — when we first fell in love. We could just relax and enjoy each other and when we came home, we were better parents for it.

We have a story on one-night romantic getaways for moms and dads this month. Oh how wonderful each place sounds! There is an inn on a lake, one in the mountains, one near a battlefield and one right in the city of Baltimore. I wish my husband and I could spend a night at each! Maybe this year we can break away for just one night. It might be possible once our oldest gets her license in July. You should too!

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FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 16, Lilly, 14, Adam, 14, and Jonah, 10.


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