Two days into vacation and my husband and I both needed a vacation. From vacation.
It all started the first day with an unexpected flat tire. (Said husband forgot to pack the jack for the RV — but he still managed to change the tire single-handedly. Yeah, he’s a stud. A cranky stud nonetheless.)
The second day, we encountered a leaky boat that wouldn’t start.
Did I mention that he was already cranky from the flat tire?
The kids started complaining,
“This isn’t any fun.”
“I wanted to ride in the boat.”
“We haven’t caught any fish.”
We were well on our way to the worst vacation ever. Could things get any worse?
Note to parents: After two lousy days of vacation, you need to take control of the situation. You’re in charge remember?
The third day, we made an announcement to the kids:
“Mom and Dad are taking the day off. No boating. No fishing. No shopping. It’s time to make your own fun!”
Kids make their own fun? What a concept. (If your kids are like mine, they constantly ask, “What are we going to do today?”)
Guess what? Kids are actually good at entertaining themselves. We just need to let them. We put too much pressure our ourselves as parents to set up the “perfect” vacation, and we set everyone up for disappointment when things don’t go as planned.
Long story short. We ended the vacation with a sunset and a rainbow. Probably the loveliest rainbow we have ever seen. And to think, it all started with a flat tire.
Have you ever needed a vacation from vacation?