Sometimes parents need a little time away from it all; just a break from work, kids, the home. It’s not always easy, however, to take a vacation – even for a couple of days. But if you want to have time for just the two of you for one night, or one day, make a plan, call a baby-sitter and do something for yourselves.
You started week one with dinner, only to talk about vet bills and braces. Next week was a movie, but you couldn’t agree on which flick to see. Running out of ideas, your commitment slipped in week three and you rented a movie after putting the kids to bed. It didn’t take long for date night to become just another boring chore.
After weeks of one parent walking a newborn and the other comforting a teething toddler every night, you and your partner have finally stolen a romantic hour. You lie there basking in the afterglow, enjoying the silence and being alone together. You’re about to drift off to a restful and satisfying sleep, when your door bursts open, and a panicked two-year old wails, "Mommy, I gonna throw up."
One of the very best parenting tools is the Parent Time Out. When parents are feeling upset, angry, or frustrated over a parenting issue, or over their children’s behaviour, it can help to diffuse the situation if the parent removes themselves to get calm and centered, rather then force the isolation of their child into a Child Time Out. After the parent is calm, they are in a much better frame of mind to deal with the issue at hand and they’ve avoided saying and doing things they might regret later. Sometimes, with young children, this is easier said then done!
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