When faced with a weekend alone with the kids (the hubby went on a fishing trip to the gulf with his old college roommates), I thought to myself, "You don't have to suffer alone! Set up a family play date!" And a family play date we did - to see the production of Pinocchio by one of our local high schools. Extra points for exposing the kids to culture!
It was painless making the invite to a few moms to bring their kids too. I chose some of the moms with kids around my kids' ages. Some couldn't make it but three of us did and we survived!
We even went so far to let the kids sit on the row in front of us in the theatre so we could hang out. And after the show, we stood around and talked while the kids ran around like hooligans. I kept thinking to myself, "They're just like me! They have a hard time controlling their kids too! How fun that we're all relinquishing control together and not judging each other for it!"
Then we did get the side eye from a grandmother there with her very well-behaved grandson of about the same age, but I was so ecstatically enjoying time with some family pals that I didn't skip a beat.
Did I mention both mom-kid pairs were also some that came to the "Football Fun Day" open invitation we sent out to launch or classified ad search for a family BFF? Read that post here.
We're certainly moving in the right direction towards building an authentic community of friends for our family! Have you done anything to put yourself and/or family out there in the friendship dating game? Tell me about it. I love new ideas!
Wife, mom and full-time marketing pro. Diet coke addict. Auburn fan (and alumn). Christian - striving to comprehend grace.