Moms, can you remember listening to Cyndi Lauper belt out the lyrics, “When the working day is done, oh, girls, they wanna have fu-un?” Time has moved on and we may no longer be “girls”, but the girl in each of us still enjoys a break and a night of fun with her “girly” friends. Fun isn’t just for kids, you know! Take a look at these ideas, gather a couple of girlfriends together then go enjoy some good ‘ol fun.
1. Watch a “chick flick”
If there’s something “girly” playing at your local cinema, by all means, hit the theater. Don’t forget to buy some Rolos and popcorn at the snack bar – and remember, tonight, you don’t have to share.
But, if nothing looks good on the big screen, don’t hesitate to make it a movie night at home. Confiscate your hubby and kids from the house or cozy up on a friend’s couch for a tear-jerker.
2. Get crafty
A night of expressing yourself artistically can be a relaxing outlet as well as a great way to hang out with the girls. Ceramics studios are a great idea for this. You choose a pottery item to paint and when finished, the staff glaze and fire it for you, usually for a later pickup date. Many studios even offer group rates and/or special features for ladies’ nights!
Another idea is to get together for an evening of scrapbooking, eating and socializing. While the at-home version of this is great, you can also visit your local scrapbook shop. Many stores offer a huge selection of supplies as well as a workroom to use.
3. Enjoy dinner at a real restaurant.
Spend an evening at a nice restaurant with the girls. Why not try a place your hubby or kids might be hesitant to visit, like a tapas bar or sushi house? Gather a group of friends together to enjoy a good meal and some “girly” conversation – only one rule – try NOT to talk about your kids.
4. Get cooking!
Plan a meal and then invite some girlfriends over to cook it with you, if not at your home or someone else’s, try gathering at one of the growing number of meal prep kitchens in most cities today.
5. Have a slumber party
You may not do this every month, but why not consider a weekend away with the girls? Perhaps friends from around the country meet up at a resort located somewhere in the middle? Stay up, eat great food and enjoy some uninterrupted conversation.
Getting out and about with the girls is such good fun for moms. It’s important to work that into your schedule. Making it a regular priority ensures you stick with it instead of letting life get in the way. My friends set the last Friday of every month as our “Girly Night”.
Spending time with other adults whose company you enjoy – away from the kids – can revitalize you and make you a better parent. It’s a chance to renew your self, slow down and just “be.” So check out your calendar, call a few friends, and make a moms’ night out a definite “to do” on your list. Now go have FUN!
Erin Kurt, parenting coach and author of Juggling Family Life and The Life Balance Formula teachesWorking moms a 3-step system that shows them how to discipline without yelling, spend quality time with their kids and finally achieve work/life balance.
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