There is that saying that it takes a village to raise a child. How about a hamlet....will that do?
This is a bit of a negative vent. I know that I'm lucky to have the help I have. I'm not a single parent, and my husband doesn't work out of town BUT I'm surrounded by people who have a village....some a town or even small city.
We have parents, but one set is too far away & the other set, honestly, they seem scared of the kids. They've taken care of grandchildren before but said children are 14/15 now so it's been a while. I don't have siblings so no aunts or uncles on my side. Hubs has a sister, who's a little cray, cray, and then has 2 other brothers who's wives are great, but they work & have their own stuff going on. My nieces are part of the Hamlet however, they both gladly babysit but we don't ask that often, they are teens with their own stuff going on. Most of my friends have young children, or much older children, again their own lives.
Some of those same friends with small kids seem to have no shortage of people to watch their kids while they go out for date night, a weekend away or even weeks on vacation sans kids. I'm jealous, that's the base of this. That horrible, evil, green eyed monster is constantly slapping me in the face with how much easier it is for some people to continue to live lives similar to the one they had BC (Before Children).
And then I stop, I breathe & I reel ol green eye in ...
Reminding myself to be grateful we get out every couple months. Couples weekends & vacations can absolutely wait until the kids are older, or even in college. Children are a 24/7 gig, that we signed up for and I wouldn't change it for all the vacations in Mexico. ;)