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Time off to be a wife/partner again

edited July 2016 in Family and Relationship
Do you take time off from being a parent to just being a wife, partner or just a women again?

From the beginning my husband and I have taken some time off from being parents and spent time together as husband and wife. My side of the family is more than happy to take our wee monkey once a week over night so we can do something just the two of us.

I never felt guilty or bad for doing that but I hear a lot of mums and dads saying that they could not spend a night without their baby especially when they are just born. I know that he is in good hands and having lots of fun when he is with my parents or siblings, and I get some rest so I think that it is very important for both sides.

What do you think about this and do you take time off?



  • My husband and I decided to go out on a date once a month. My family always watched after our 3 kids and I can say that we really needed the dates. Sometimes my parents watch the kids over night but I'm one of those people who feel guilty about giving them away.
  • I hear that a lot that parents feel guilty giving their kids away over night. I don´t think it is anything to feel guilty about but I guess there is nothing you can do about the way you feel.

    I am glad to have that time with my husband or just with the sofa.
  • Things are honestly difficult and complicated for me as a partner. I don't know if my relationship will survive, but if I could take some time away from the house just to have nature walks or nature adventures and just connect, alone and talk that would do wonders in my mind. It is very difficult to be in mum mode all the time, it's definitely important to break the monotony and get into a new environment every now and then and get treated like a woman and not just a mother.
  • I'd like to think of a place that would be a good place to have adult time, while also bringing the baby. I don't think I'd be comfortable leaving my baby with anyone for awhile, but I'd like to be able to go out sooner than I'd prefer to get a babysitter.
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