What the heck is a 'skipgen' getaway?

What the heck is a 'skipgen' getaway?

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Bethany Plint 16 May 2018

‘Skipgen’ holidays are a saving grace for parents in need of alone time.

The old folks take off on a mini-adventure with their grandkids, leaving the parents at home.

Seems like a raw deal, right? Where's my holiday?

But whether you want to relight the spark in your marriage or finally get that home reno project done, a few kid-free days could be just what you need.

It doesn’t have to be all rose petals and candlelit dinners. Sometimes sharing a quiet moment over breakfast or putting up a set of shelves together is enough to make you kick yourself for not doing this sooner.

And I guess the kids spending quality time with their grandparents is an added bonus…

Grandparents live for precious moments like this. © Shutterstock

It’s also a good chance for kids to have a digital detox.

Send them to a cabin in the woods for a few days of board games and collecting firewood. They’ll warm to the idea as soon as they hear there are marshmallows involved.

And don’t worry. That ripple of guilt that comes as you wave them out of the driveway will dissipate the second you walk back in the house.