Re: Do you ever wish you could have a week off from marriage and kids?
Children are not easy. They are not easy when they are babies, and they are not easy when they are teenagers, or any age in between. You have to figure out ways to get some alone time, or it can be overwhelming. Having your wife or husband take the kids out for the day, hiring a babysitter, or getting relatives to keep them for a while can be a lifesaver!
We live 16 hours from our closest (distance wise) relatives. So, we had to raise the kids with no family help. Mostly we just took the kids everywhere we went. Occasionally, we would hire a babysitter, but I think we may have done that no more that 2 or 3 times. It was tough, but certainly doable. Now that the kids are teens, we can leave them alone for a few hours with no issues. So, we have date nights again!
I can't say that I ever dreamed of running off or abandoning my family. It was never a consideration. But, I did get a few hours here or there and an occasional night away due to work. So, I often return the favor and take my kids with me for the day or overnight. It gives my wonderful wife a chance for alone time.
"You are talking about the nonsensical ravings of a lunatic mind!" Victor Von Frankenstein