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Here’s this week’s question:

My husband and I disagree on the importance of vacations. He doesn’t think they are necessary and I do. Before we had kids, it wasn’t as big of a deal because I could just take a few days away for myself. But now that we have kids, I really want us to do these as a family because I want my kids to have those memories. My husband says that I am being silly and that we can make perfectly fine memories without leaving our house. It’s not that we can’t afford a vacation. We can, my husband just doesn’t want to spend money that he could be using to pay off debt for vacations. I think we need some balance. Help!

~Frustrated in Michigan

So what do you think my friends? What advice would you give this woman? Remember, please be nice and kind. I’ll post my answer next week. In the interim, feel free to keep sending me questions.

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  1. I wouldn’t trade my family vacation memories for anything, both as a child and as a parent. I would look for compromise. Maybe “Husband” doesn’t see a value because he doesn’t have those types of memories. Start small and see where It takes you.

  2. I agree w RKR, it doesnt require a lot of money or travel to make memories. There is a happy medium. Lake michigan, camping, boulder ridge. The only vacations we have taken our kids on are camping weekends and day trips and they have many many good memories, most are the free things we have done with them.-b

  3. I also agree start small, it might be a good chance for you two as a couple to “play” together Doing things you’ve never done/or haven’t done in a long time. I’d plan a camping trip. I heard of a camping site called KOA it’s supposed to be kid friendly also! http://koa.com/states-provinces/michigan/. Maybe he isn’t a planner and if you just did it would see how fun it could be! Good luck !

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