Have You Traveled Without the Kids?

I was with parents of my 6-year-old daughter’s friends over the weekend, and an interesting question came up. One mom asked, “Would you ever go away without your kids?” My answer: “Would, have, and will.” The mom explained that while she and her husband have had lots of overnights without their daughters, ages 6 and 4–thanks to their own parents–they haven’t actually left town to go anywhere. She simply cannot, she says. You can guess her big fear: What if something happened to her and her husband while they were away?

I get that; the same thought has crossed my mind every time I’ve boarded a plane since becoming a mom (whether my husband is with me or not). I told her about a friend who’d felt the same way she did, and how when her sons were 4 and 7, she had the chance to join her husband on a free and pretty lavish business trip to Europe. She decided to do it. She was a wreck leading up to the trip, but forced herself to go. And everything worked out just fine. But this mom was unconvinced: “Can’t do it,” she said, smiling and shaking her head. “I just can’t.”

I’m curious to know how you feel.

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  1. by Catherine

    On February 14, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I’m with you – would, have, and will! It kind of makes up for the fact that we rarely go out for an evening alone…

  2. by Kara Corridan

    On February 14, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Good point. Would be interesting to ask how many parents do the whole Date Night thing, too.

  3. by dayo

    On February 16, 2012 at 5:42 am

    Av done that times without number.my kids are twin and aged 3.I started travelling without them when they were 8months and they are used to it.As long as they are in safe hands ,I dnt worry about them .There are circunmstances where you can’t travel with the kids

  4. by Nancy Burkhardt

    On February 16, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Have and will again. We have taken several business trips without, but the cruise we took, I missed them the most. I am always crying as we are boarding the plane, but they are the best thing about coming home. We always leave them with Grandparents which makes it easier on everyone.

  5. by Angela

    On February 16, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Nope. Couldn’t do it. I have three children ages 9, 5 & 1. I have let the oldest two stay all night with their Grandparents but the little one is just too young for me to feel comfortable yet. I have seen each of my children every single day of their life since they have been born and I absolutely love it. There will come a day when childless trips are part of my life. But for now my days are full of my children…and I wouldn’t have it any other way.