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10 Things to Do While Your Kids are Away

Updated on December 30, 2016
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Kris Manley is a blogger, author, and speaker. She's a guest on radio in the U.S., Canada, and overseas, as well as a guest on network TV.

Picture your kids on their way to the Grandparents who live down the street.


Can you hear that? Yes, the house is quiet. The kids are away either at camp or with the Grandparents. You miss them, but what joy. What are you going to do while they're gone? You don't know? C'mon, surely you've mapped out some plans for yourself and/or your husband. You'd be crazy not to have some plans while the kids are away. Ok, let's take a look at some ideas for plans for you while your kids are away.

1. Get that new hair do you were thinking about. Change that hair color, get those braids, twists, new cut, whatever you were thinking about doing to your hair. Research haircuts that would be great for your facial structure. Have you even thought about a wig - well what are you waiting for? Go try some on.

2. Re-date your husband or wife. You heard right. It's time to rekindle that romance and keep it going even when the kids return home. The activity does not have to cost one dime, but just do something with your spouse. Wash each others' hair, bathe one another, have a food fight, workout together, get a pedicure together, go on a hike together, go skinny dipping - you get the idea.

3. Educate yourself or entertain yourself through the joy of reading. Pull out that book that you never finished or pick up a book and begin that journey. Join a website for readers. Set a goal of reading a certain number of books before the year ends. If you don't have time for a physical book club where you have to meet at a physical location then join a virtual book club. Visit

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4. Try a new activity. Go skydiving - Yeah, right? Think of something that you've always wanted to do and do it. If you can't think of something, Google free activities in your local area. It might be a night hike at your local conservatory, how about a class on wild edibles, go on a walking tour of your city, or take a zip line tour. If you have never been to an Opera, then go.

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5. Community service anyone? Serve in your community. If you have something to share then give a talk at your local community center or look up clubs that need speakers. Visit homes for the elderly and volunteer to do a group read, help clean, tend the facility garden, help chaperone. Since you have kids your skills as a chaperone can be used at children's museums, aquariums, zoos, and other places where children visit and congregate. Be creative and match your skills to the activity in which you would like to serve.

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6. Redecorate your favorite room in your house or create a favorite room in your house. Add some color to a bland wall, purchase that wall art you've been eyeing and hang it. Go Goodwilling and pick up some cool accessories. Take a free decorating class at your local furniture stores. Refresh a room by replacing some old worn out pillows. Give a room some life by purchasing some plants. Change out old hardware on the kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities, change a shower curtain. Make a terrarium. Be that weekend decorating warrior.

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7. Catch up on your favorite movies. If you just want to lay around and just relax then this is the out for you. What movies did you really want to see? Movie rentals are really cheap nowadays or take yourself to a movie. Rent some really old movies - you know the ones in black and white; I'm talking old.

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8. Surprise your kids with something new in their bedrooms or get something they really wanted. If you're not going to do something for yourself then do something for the kids. Install a wall fish tank or get a family telescope. Design them a cool mouse pad for their computers by taking a photo of something they love and have that photo made into a mouse pad.

9. De-clutter your home. Do you have bills filed away that are 5 years old or older - it's time for some shredding. How many pairs of jeans do you really need? It's time to give some things away. De-cluttering is not just for your home, but it's for your life as well.

10. Lose some weight. You can lose 5 lbs. in a week or two. You don't have to join a gym. There are virtual gyms on the Internet. Since you won't have to cook that much while the kids are away just do mostly fruits and veggies for yourself. Drink some green smoothies. Get some great salad ideas off the Internet.


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      Liz 4 years ago

      This is a very nice article. I'll have to try some of these when my kids are away.

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      sirhowardofo94 5 years ago

      Funny thing, I've been doing this for years (yes my kids been grown for years) lol

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      You mentioned two of my favorite things to do in my spare time: movies and declutter. It really helps me to unwind. Great hub and I enjoyed your bits of humor sprinkled throughout.

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      Mommiegee 5 years ago from Alabama

      Love these ideas! Voted up!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      I love the wall mounted fish tank!!! I usually try to date my husband, clean the house, write a hub, throw away old toys, etc..... This is a great topic! Voted up! Take care, Kelley

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      JideAlexander 5 years ago from IL

      These are all very well put. Thank you

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I meant "entire day" but you knew that!:)

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      Donna Kristine 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      It's ok to be pooped out - LOL!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Excellent ideas Kristine! I'd add catch up on your sleep. Spend the entire say in your PJ's and nap whenever you want to. Could you tell I'm a bit tired? :)