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Here, honey. This week, you need to take the kids to soccer and Girl Scouts and gymnastics camp. There's not much in the fridge, so you'll need to hit the grocery store. Come to think of it, there's not much in the way of clean clothes, either, so you'll need to do laundry. Oh, and don't forget to mow the lawn. Now, have a blast! See you when I get back from vacation!
Does jetting off to some exotic locale while your hubs and the kids stay home sound like a dream come true? Well, go ahead and wake up: Reuters reports that these days, moms and dads are making solo trips a reality.
"I'm seeing more and more people not even batting an eye about going away alone for a couple of weeks," Iris Krasnow, American University journalism professor and author of The Secret Lives of Wives tells the news service. (Wow -- a few weeks? We were thinking of a weekend away with the girls!)
"In fact, I get more mail and comments on that subject than about anything else in my whole book," Krasnow said. "You don't have to be joined at the hip, in order to make your marriage endure."
The author tells Reuters she's a fan of party of one vacations from time to time, and, according to the news service, a recent TripAdvisor poll finds 59 percent of respondents say they've vacationed without their partner.
"People are learning that it's okay to rewrite the rules of marriage for their own needs, and not just do what their grandparents did," Krasnow, who has been married 24 years, tells Reuters. "It's a gift my husband gives me, to be able to fly solo once in a while."
Downsides of solo trips, according to the news service, include trust issues, the higher cost of separate vacations and judgment from family and friends.
We try not to judge and we certainly get the occasional need for a break, but a weekend away with the high school BFFs seems a little more doable than a three-week retreat. Plus, we're thinking we should probably take the crazy family road trips while we can get 'em.