Guilt gnaws at I Departure parents: ‘Not always time for the children’

Starting a business abroad is a big adventure and you never really know if you’re doing it right. In Saturday’s broadcast of ‘Ik Vertrek Even Weg’ we see how the Geurts family from Spain will gain inspiration from the Mensing family in Italy and vice versa. Both couples are eager to learn from each other how to combine a home business with family life. How did the couples experience it and what tips do they take with them?

“He would prefer that we have time for him all day, and that sometimes doesn’t work.”

Everything seems to be running smoothly for the Geurts family. Five years ago Dirk, Feikje and their children Jep and Siem left their perfect life in Amsterdam behind to make their dreams come true in Spain. They wanted to feel the sun on their skin and make people happy with a nice holiday address. They bought a house on top of a mountain in Andalusia, where they wanted to build holiday homes. The bed & breakfast in Andalusia is now a huge success and the family has expanded. Yet they also continue to run into that one big problem: how do you combine family life with a home business?

The Mensing family has only been living in Italy for 1.5 years and, despite the fact that they have already built up a lot, they are still searching. They run into rules that keep them from being inhibited in their enthusiasm. They also find it difficult to be there for the children. They therefore find it interesting to take a look at a family that has been working for some time.

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When the two families meet in Italy, they click immediately. Besides the children, it seems to be mainly the women who have found each other completely and immediately feel heard when it comes to the expensive price of the swimming pool. Although the Mensing family would have loved to have their guests stay in one of their luxury tents, the Italian government is working against them. For example, they recently had a raid that forced them to immediately stop offering the accommodation. In addition, they were also fined 15,000 euros.

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And that’s not the only setback they’ve had to deal with in recent years. In addition, their oldest had difficulty with their new life and missed his friends enormously. The fact that they had to go into lockdown because of the corona also had a big impact on him. “Dylan has had a lot of trouble letting go of Castricum. All his friends were there and on top of that, covid was there of course”, that was the biggest culprits according to Rosalie. “If he had immediately ended up in a new class, he would of course have distractions and such.”

“He would prefer that we have time for him all day long, and that sometimes doesn’t work,” adds her husband Jean Paul. Their son Dylan is now doing much better, ‘but the first year has been quite a blow’.

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A few weeks later it is up to the Mensing family to go to Spain. The main similarity between the families is that they have a home business, which is a big challenge for both. “We have no work, no private life… We have one big thing and that’s all. And that is sometimes difficult,” Feikje tells Rosalie while baking pizza in Spain. “What I sometimes miss is that we just have one whole day with the five of us.” Yet she does not feel guilty towards her children: “There is a lot in return for what we do give them, for example that we are always at home.”

I’m leaving for a while can be seen every Saturday at 10.30 pm on NPO 1. Watch this week’s episode here.

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