Mom's Night Out
This Saturday, I will be heading to the River Rock for a Night Out with five dear friends. It's the first time EVER that I've decided to stay out with friends for an entire night out (since having children that is!).
But what's so important about the experience is that it is a chance to reconnect with friends, have some fun and a chance to remind myself that I am more than just a mom - I'm also me.
I know to many readers that may seem a tad glib, but take a moment and think about how many times you allow yourself to do something just for you - something that isn't about being a mother, being a wife or being a daughter.
Time out with friends to recharge the batteries, let your hair down and simply be you is not only healthy - it's imperative to your sanity.
Before kids I could go whereever, stay out until whenever, and not feel GUILTY. I think guilt is a big culprit for moms who want to do something for themselves. We feel we somehow shouldn't or don't deserve it because it takes focus off of our children. However, in order to continue to be great moms, we need to give back to ourselves (refill that tank) in order to give ourselves so completely to our children- especially stay at home moms.
For me, I've had five great women friends since my son started kindergarten. We've been together for the past four years - and every month we go out, let off some steam and reconnect with one another. We are all very different, with different interests, jobs and lives - but the thing that bonds us together is our children and our desire to simply be ourselves. And all six of us "GET" how important that is.
So what about you? What have you done lately to give back to yourself? If you can't remember when - then its high time to make a plan to do it soon.
I guarantee you won't regret it.