As someone who’s been married for nearly 23 years, I understand the need for date nights and time without the kids. We need adult conversations, we need to eat grown-up food, and we need to not be interrupted every five minutes, even if it’s just for a little while.
And I think couples sometimes need more than just a few hours to themselves. We need kid-free vacations as well. I love family vacations, but there have been a few times in our 22+ years of marriage that we needed a few days to ourselves, so we took an adults-only vacation.
I understand some parents would never, ever consider doing this, because every moment spent with your child is special. More power to you! It’s important to spend as much quality time with your kids as possible. I’ve been lucky for the last several years, because I own my own business, which gives me a lot more flexibility than most people, and I can work from home when I need to.