← Go back Moms Night Out: Make it Fun and Stress-Free!
Published on Sunday, March 6, 2016 by

groupofmoms240jpgBeing a mom is one of the most rewarding roles on the planet, but it also can be one of the most taxing. Unlike a standard nine-to-five job, motherhood comes with no lunch breaks, paid time off and benefits package (although the compensation through hugs and kisses is a pretty sweet trade-off!).

Because a mother’s work is never done, carving out a little time without the children is a sure way to get recharged. Alone time is always treasured but sometimes you just need to socialize with other moms. Cultivating friendships helps to inspire and encourages you to be best parent you can be.

Playdates give an opportunity to connect with other moms while the children play however – for one reason or another – you may not get the chance to fully relax.  An exclusive outing just for you provides that rare opportunity to converse without being interrupted; eat while your food is still hot; and sit back without having to jump up to do, yet another diaper change.

Planning a night out should not be overly complicated. It should be one of those tasks that are simple, fun and stress-free! One of the easiest ways to do it is by setting up a private Facebook or Meetup group. By doing this, you can privately discuss dates, times and locations and view each other’s responses.

Your group can decide collectively how often you would like to meet. Or you and your group can set a regular “night out”, such as the third Friday of every month, to encourage everyone to meet on a regular basis. Discuss what works best for our group.

Of course, a night out can turn into a relaxing party at someone’s home. Consider creative projects such as sewing, scrapbooking or learning a new skill. Your group might try making candles, jewellery (for you) or headbands and bow ties (for little girls and boys in your life). Other options include making make freezer meals together or having a toy/clothing exchange.

Organize a book club and discuss the chapters. Create a DIY spa party for facials, manicure or pedicures. Your group could also plan an afternoon or night devoted to trying out Pinterest-inspired hairdos. Just pick a relaxing music station, offer assorted refreshments and you’re all set!

When planning an outing, remember to keep it interesting. Occasionally you could meet at a favourite coffee shop or restaurant. As an alternate option, you can enjoy varied activities in someone’s living room or backyard. Mix it up and have fun while doing it.

Just remember to savour those supportive smiles, lively conversations and belly laughs. After all, you totally deserve it!

Ria lives in Richmond and is a mom to three girls. When she’s not busy playing dress-up and tea party she enjoys spending time with her girlfriends whenever she can.

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