One Day Staycation

Couples who are also parents often don’t have much alone time together, especially during the day.


Recently, I talked my husband into a one-day staycation. We both took off from work on a Wednesday so we could hang out all day while our kids were at day care. Our own version of a play date!

Finally, we could do the fun things we’d been wishing to do but could never find the time with our busy schedules as working parents of a baby and a toddler.

As we planned what we’d do that day, we felt that long lost feeling of freedom slowly come back. We can do what we want, when we want! Woo hoo!

Our daytime date definitely had a different vibe compared to our evening dates. For one thing, we had a lot more choices about what to do. Forget about the usual dinner and a movie date.

Throughout the day, we both experienced moments where we felt like the couple we had been before having kids. We actually made SPONTANEOUS decisions! We had almost forgotten what that felt like.

As we got ready for bed that night, my husband turned to me and said, “Thank you for playing with me.”

It’s something our three-year old son tells people, and we find it utterly endearing. That made me smile so much because it told me just how much he enjoyed our day together.

We’re planning another one-day staycation — just the two of us — again soon because we can’t wait to have our next eight-hour play date!

Parents should go on play dates too.

P.S. A one-day staycation is a great idea for friends to do as well.

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