Since I haven’t yet won the lottery, I can’t afford to get two adjoining rooms each time we travel, and more and more I’m finding that it’s a real drag to share a room with little ones.
Not because of the chaos, not because they wake me up – all of that is [begrudgingly] okay – but because of what to do after they’ve fallen asleep.
G- (my 7yo), K- (my 4yo) and I just got back from a mini-holiday to beautiful Glenwood Springs. Three hours drive from our home through the glorious Rockies and it feels like a world away.
Aside: Glenwood Springs has the largest hotsprings-fed pool in the world. It’s an awesome outdoor pool, especially when it’s cold because there’s a constant trail of steam rising from the water’s surface. Better yet, if you stay at the Glenwood Hotsprings Lodge, admission to the pool is included in the price of the room and we had a deluxe room for a sweet $103/night (after 20% mid-week discount and a credit back because their deli was closed, meaning we couldn’t actually enjoy the included breakfast).
Our “Deluxe” room, however, means that it had two beds and a couch, all in the same room. Which sounds nice until you want to keep it dark so the little ones stay asleep.
For too many years, I admit that I have hung out in the bathroom of hotel rooms, laying on the floor and reading books while Linda put the little ones to sleep (before we split up, obviously) and now subsequent to them falling asleep.
So by 9pm the kids were both asleep and since I had decided not to bring a computer with me, I had no illuminated device which I could have presumably used in a dark room. The result? Back into the bathroom to lay on the floor and read a book until it was my own bedtime.
To say it politely, this sucks. Hotel bathrooms were designed for a sink, a toilet and a shower, not for someone to be laying on the floor trying to read a book. To say it’s uncomfortable is to understate the problem!
When the three kids, Linda and I were jammed into a room, I’d often just duck out and go to the hotel lobby until I got the “all clear” sign (usually a text message via cell phone or similar), but that’s not realistic when you’re a single parent. Or, at least, that’s not what I’m willing to do and leave my little angels to their own devices, conscious or unconscious.
I’m curious: how do other single parents deal with this when they’re in a hotel room with their little ones? Do you just go to bed crazy early or let them stay up later until you’re all ready to sleep, or do you have a little book light, or … ?
Me? I’m glad to be home. Home where there’s more than a single room and I can look forward to light, couches, phones, and, yes, wifi. 🙂