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We all love our kids. However, it’s hard to contain the excitement in your voice when their grandparents call and ask to take them for the WHOLE NIGHT.
Imagine the possibilities: walking around naked and NOT having to explain your stretch marks to your 2 year old for the millionth time, catching up on your new e-book, eating your dinner without sharing, and maybe even sexy time with your partner (just kidding…we’re both WAY too tired for that).
As appealing as all of these things sound that’s not the real reasons we send our kids off to their Grandparents house.
They’ll be bathed
When your kids have spent the entire day in the sprinkler or the pool in your backyard it’s hard to find the motivation to argue with them when they tell you how much they hate bath/shower time. All that dirt in their hair doesn’t bother me, but it most certainly will appall Grandma and Grandpa. It takes a village to bathe a child. Spic and span kids is their concern now (don’t forget behind their ears, though)!
They’ll eat well
Popcorn and ice cream=grains and dairy. There’s the occasional package of fruit snacks and veggie straws (to complete a balanced diet), but home cooked meals are a bit outside my realm of reality sometimes. Grandpa’s meatloaf and some cut up oranges (to treat their impending scurvy) will surely negate their need for 3X the daily requirement of Flinstone vitamins.
They’ll go on a shopping spree
My wardrobe consists of poop stained shirts, nursing bras, and some spandex pants (yep, pre-pregnancy ones #spandexismybestfriend). Fashion is not my forte. Nor is it my children’s. In fact, I’ve intentionally packed up not a single matching or unstained outfit in the hopes that Grandma will take her little gems shopping for some incredibly cute clothing from Gymboree Children’s Clothing. She’s probably forgotten by now how much fun that can be…Good Luck Grandma!
They’ll be taken out
It takes my brood 6 hours to get packed up to spend 20 minutes at the grocery store. The grandparents may think the 3 days of preparation for an educational trip to the zoo is worth it. I say that’s what Animal Planet is for.
It’s a win-win-win when Grandma and Grandpa take the kids for the night. You get a well-deserved break, the kids get some quality time with their family and are treated like royalty, and it’s proven to be healthy for the grandparents.
If you’re super lucky, all your bribery to get the kids on the ultra-good behavior while they’re at Grandma and Grandpa’s may even get you TWO nights of peace and quiet!