Vacation is supposed to be fun and relaxing, but there is no way that you can relax if you have kids.
I had a week off work in April and my wife and I decided to take the kids down south to the amusement parks.
We planned for 5 days down south and we stayed in a hotel the whole time. My wife and I were constantly worried about the kids. They would open the door and run outside and we would have to chase them around the hotel. When we went to the parks, we strapped them in a stroller unless we were physically going to stand in a line for a ride. It was a nightmare and I don’t know what my wife and I were thinking when we decided to plan that vacation. When I got home, I felt like going back to work was a vacation. I didn’t have to listen to the kids screaming or yelling and I didn’t have to keep spending money at every turn. I was happy to return back to the HVAC repair business. I never feel stressed out when I am working on heating or AC repairs. Even when the AC or heat pump problem is something that I have to figure out and diagnose, I still don’t feel stressed out at work. I know that there is going to be an answer to the problem that will eventually fix the heat pump or air conditioner. Being on vacation with the kids isn’t like that at all. I don’t think we’ll take a family vacation again like that until the kids are at least 10 years old.