[twitter]We’ve just moved to a new city that’s 1 time zone away from paternal grandparents and 2 away from maternal grandparents. There is no more quick phone call to get them to drive the 20 minutes to look after the boys while we make a Sunday run to Costco. There’s no date night to go and see Date Night.
I’m not saying grandparents are only good for babysitting, but when you have a newborn and a toddler, pawning them off on family is a lot easier than leaving them in the arms of a stranger.
I did a random Twitter poll asking people when they first grabbed babysitters for their newborns and most agreed it was until a year that they were comfortable leaving them with someone else.
What do you do when you’re all alone? How do you recharge your batteries away from your kids and nurture your relationship when there are no grandparents around?
Admit it – sometimes we need a break. Date night for us is now a family weekend breakfast at Dennys. Nothing wrong with that, but its still a family time and not a grown up time. I work the morning shift at a radio station, up at 415a each day, so even the quiet time after the kids go to bed doesnt exist since most nights I’m falling asleep at 8p right alongside them.
We’re in a new city alone. We’ve made some friends with parents in the neighborhood, but haven’t reached that “I’m going for a hair/pedicure/dentist appointment this afternoon, can you watch my kids stage” – it’s all a juggle.