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Having Fun Without the Kids

Do You Feel Guilty Doing Things Without Your Kids?

The kids are gone, so let the party begin! Moms spend so much time planning their lives around their tots that when they actually find themselves in a child-free way, they often don't know what to do with themselves.

With the kids off at camp, or spending chunks of their Summer vacations at grandma's house, many parents are doing the unthinkable – not sitting around and wondering how their kids are holding up, but doing things without their children. From traditional date nights with a spouse (without the ticker of a babysitter looming in the background) to carefree days at the beach, mamas are enjoying their newly found – albeit temporary – freedom. Do you feel guilty having fun when the kids are away?

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Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
No, I cherish my grown-up time.
jenni5 jenni5 6 years
Not anymore! Maybe when they were infants.
MonkiChriz MonkiChriz 6 years
The only time I don't feel guilty is when my kid is with my sitter or with my mom. But I still have this crazy attachment to my 9 month old. I took a 1-hour walk with my husband this week while my MIL watched him and I already missed him!
amber512 amber512 6 years
I took my best friend to Vegas while her four kids (ages 6, 4, and twins who are 9 months) were at grandma's house. She felt TOTAL mom guilt for a majority of the time. We still had a blast, after I convinced her she deserves to have fun too!
amandachalynn amandachalynn 6 years
Nope, not at all. Moms need to have fun, and it doesn't matter how much you love your kids, sometimes you need grown up fun.
stephley stephley 6 years
Not if I think she's off having her own fun.
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