Why parents should put themselves in 'time-out'

Janet Tomblin on 22 May 2019

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I’m not suggesting we sit in the corner of the room or on the bottom step of the stairs, but I do think taking time out to regulate ourselves can only be a good thing.

Today I met with some fellow Travel Counsellors and spent just a few hours away from the laptop and mobile phone relaxing in the beautiful surroundings of Thoresby Hotel and Spa in Nottinghamshire. On arrival, I wasn’t sure what to expect as my preconception was that a couple of hours out was just not going to cut the mustard - but how wrong I was.

After signing into the spa and stepping into my swimming cossie and fluffy robe, I was soon daydreaming about being on holiday and enjoying the slower pace of life. Don’t get me wrong, my life as a travel agent is not stressful by any means - in fact, it’s a joy. However, being a mum of a 7- and 5-year-old sometimes can be. Juggling football, dance lessons, parties and playdates; if you are a parent, you know where I’m coming from.

Why is it that for some people the only time they genuinely unwind is that week or 2 each year that they go on holiday? Is that enough? Surely not! Maybe you’re thinking that you can’t afford to always go on holiday abroad but 'vacaying' in the UK is within everyone’s reach. So, go on do yourself a favour and take a mini-break even if it’s just overnight or a few stolen hours one afternoon.

After all, being in time-out isn't just for the kids!

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