Mommy Play Dates

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The Hubs and I have never been good about the weekly date night. Ever parenting book or magazine article I've ever read extols the virtue of the weekly date night. "Get a standing babysitter!" "Don't talk about your kids!" "Make time to remember when it was just the two of you!". I don't know about you, but the whole thing just felt like another item on my never-ending-to-do-list. By the time we wrangled the kids into bed, the siren call of a semi-solid night's sleep seemed oh-so-much-more-appealing than re-applying my mascara and having grown up conversation for 3 hours.

Don't get me wrong, we do make time to connect on a regular basis - we even get out of the house on occassion. But our couple-time usually involved sushi and a movie in the comfort of our own living room.

What I have been missing, however, is the company of my girlfriends. The epic girly-girl trip to Vegas in March notwithstanding, The BadAssMama has been sorely lacking regular time with my girls. While I love my husband and my boys, there's something about the company of other women - especially other moms - that recharges your batteries like nothing else.

So, while I've blatantly ignored the advice on weekly date night, I have partnered with a few of my nearest-and-dearest LI mommy-friends to institute a monthly girls night out. Unlike the ladies nights of my younger days, these typically involve nothing more salacious than a local casual dining restaurant and happy hour-priced cocktails. But then again, I didn't have to worry about getting two tiny lunatics off to school on time the next morning back in the day either!

We had our first Mommy Play Date last night. The group was small (I have a sneaking suspicion that the group will grow in the coming months). While it was a simple affair of dinner, drinks and non-kid talk (mostly!),  it served its purpose: a closer connection with my girls, and a reminder that I am more than just a run-down mommy.

I can't wait for next month....
Nia/Chic Working Moms said...

Great post! I can totally relate. I live over 1,000 miles away from my closest girlfriends but even a small outing with women who have simiilar interests can do wonders. I take a girls trip every year which I used to feel guilty about....not anymore. I've come to realize that while some women don't need this interaction...I DO. lol

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