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Take a Vacation Time-Out! Tips for Dads

It's all about the kids. Right? Well, yes...and no.

As parents, we spend most of our time making sure our kids are well-cared for, get their homework done, get to school on time, eat healthy, get plenty of exercise, etc. While that is all good, and what we're supposed to be doing, what about when we go on vacation? Can parents, in particular, dads, take some time-out for themselves during a family vacation even when they have a child with special needs?


Family vacations are about creating memories, bonding with each other, and having the time of our lives. However, that doesn't mean dad can't take some time here and there to relax or do something he loves - even if that means doing it by himself.

Read on to learn about some ways dad can take a time-out during the next family vacation.

Consider a Cruise

There are so many activities for adults on a cruise, and the best part is that these floating resorts have kids’ clubs. This means you can drop your kids off for a couple of hours and head to the gym, the spa, the pool, or attend a show. If dropping your kids off isn't an option, have your partner take them for a couple of hours while you go off and explore the ship.

Bring a Nanny

If one extra ticket is an option for your family, consider bringing a nanny on your next family vacation. Hire a person who has experience with children who have social, behavioral, or attention/focus challenges. This way, the nanny can help care for the children while dad takes a break. Go golfing, sailing, snorkeling, or take part in whatever activity helps you unwind. Bring your partner along too, if possible, to get some quality time together.

Travel with another Family

Do you have close friends or family members who also have kids and would love to vacation with you? If so, bring them along and leave the kids with your partners while the dads take a day for themselves. Hang out with your best bud for some one-on-one time and go rock climbing, play golf, go to the spa,  relax at the beach or whatever the dads decide to do to with some time off.

Don't Feel Guilty

You don't have to spend every waking moment with your family on your next vacation. It's ok to take some time for yourself. This will help you feel recharged, rejuvenated, and ready for the next adventure. Don't feel guilty. Instead, use this time to your advantage because you don't know when you'll ever get this vacation time-out chance again.

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