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Monday, 29 June 2015

Is a holiday with kids ever truly a holiday?

As I hit publish on this post I am about to leave Butlins after a non-stop fun filled weekend. I've had a lovely time with my mam and the kids and it has certainly beat sitting at home. I have been thinking about this for some time though - is a holiday with kids ever a true holiday?


I don't know about you but sometimes I leave a holiday more exhausted than when I left! That old saying of "I need a holiday to recover from that holiday" definitely rings true after a trip away with three fiesty children.

So I thought I would look up the definition of a holiday in the dictionary:-


Holiday: an extended period of leisure and recreation, especially one spent away from home


Was our weekend at Butlins an extended period of leisure? Well from my perspective going to the beach, drinking wine, spending time having fun with my mam and children, having my meals cooked for me and a house keeper for the weekend certainly ticks that box! 


I guess what I am trying to say is that although holidays as a parent sometimes don't seem that way (sitting watching the skyline gang or exercising with Pingu certainly aren't ways I would usually choose to spend my free time) they still are a break away, a change of scenery, a chance to try something new, time to spend together instead of working and there are little moments in any short break I take where feel incredibly lucky and I do think - yes I'm on holiday!

Cheers!


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  1. It sounds as if you had a wonderful, if busy time! I know exactly what you mean about the holiday thing as well, but like you if I get a break from the house jobs and family time with my hubby too it's always great even if not as relaxing as holidays once were! X

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  2. I think it depends on what you enjoy about and want from your holiday. If your favourite part of being on holiday is lazing by the pool and reading five best sellers, then taking children is not going to tick the box. Going away with children can feel a bit like a busman's holiday because you still have the main tasks to do regardless of your location. But a busman's holiday is still a holiday!

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    1. Yeah it still is a holiday and I still did feel a little more relaxed :D

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  3. I think it depends on what you enjoy about and want from your holiday. If your favourite part of being on holiday is lazing by the pool and reading five best sellers, then taking children is not going to tick the box. Going away with children can feel a bit like a busman's holiday because you still have the main tasks to do regardless of your location. But a busman's holiday is still a holiday!

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  4. It's always good to get away and have a break from the day-to-day routine. When you're a parent there are lots of different ways of having a holiday I guess. I'm glad that you all had fun at Butlins.

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  5. Definitely - even without my daughter I try to pack loads of things in, so even though I might not come back full of energy and refreshed, a change of place is always wonderful. I can sleep at home (well, as much as I can sleep anywhere after three years of parenthood!)

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