We love our children unconditionally and enjoy spending time with them, but sometimes you just need a break. A little time to yourself without tiny hands clawing at you and whatever you happen to be holding. Some are lucky with grandparents or other relatives near by that are happy to lend a helping hand. Others are on their own. No matter what your situation is, we all need a way to find a break. Here are my tips and tricks to finding that precious time alone.
1. Trade Babysitting with Other Parents
A great resource are your fellow parents. They understand your need for a break and a great way to help each other out is to trade babysitting. They watch your child for a few hours and in return, when they need it, you watch their children for a few hours. It is flexible on time and free! You just need to find other parents who are willing to participate.
2. Local Community Centers
Many local community centers offer day care while you are in the facility. You can use this time to sit on your laptop in a communal area, go for a swim or even work out. You do, however, need to stay in the facility. In my experience, they range in ages from 6 months to upwards of 10 years old depending on the facility. There is also usually a small charge.
3. Drop-In Child Care
Some child care centers allow for drop ins. These facilities are few and far between, but they do exist. It may be worth your time to do some research to see if this is a possibility for you. There are a couple in Denver, such as Kids Town. They are a drop in daycare for ages 12 months through 13 years.
4. Småland - IKEA's Free Play Land
If you have an IKEA nearby, you can take advantage of their free supervised children's play area. You can take your time strolling through the maze of home furnishings, relax while trying out the sofas and enjoy an affordable lunch to yourself. All while your little one is having fun playing. Children must be potty trained and 37-54 inches tall.
5. Kids Gyms
Many of the children's gyms such as The Little Gym and My Gym offer parent nights. These are great if you need a night free (date night?). Each gym will be different on ages, cost and times. They typically offer them 1-2 times a month. Call your local gyms to see if this is an option for you.
I hope that at least one of these option can help you find a much needed break. Comment below and let me know how you find ways to take a break and unwhined.
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