Last month was especially stressful. It seemed like my girls were fighting constantly. Actually “constantly” is the norm. Whatever more than constantly looks like – that’s what we were experiencing here at home. Add to that more drama with their biological father, and some small but palpable health issues of my own, and I was at my wit’s end. I attended mass, which was calming, but I still couldn’t shake off the extra stress.
Then my friend, Tracey invited me out to a “Moms’ Night”. Basically she organized an outing where moms could leave the kids and husbands at home, and go out to have fun together. What a wonderful idea, I thought. I love my family but I hadn’t gone out without them in ages. So I put leftovers in the fridge for them to re-heat for dinner, and met up with the other moms.
For the inaugural outing, we went bowling. I hadn’t bowled in years but I didn’t care. A handful of the women were good, but the rest of us showed up just to have fun. In fact, many of us bonded over how bad we were. Apparently, my specialty is gutter balls, which cracked everyone up – all in good fun.
It was great. For the most part, we didn’t even talk much about the kids, which was part of the point, I think. We got to be silly and escape our worries for a couple hours. I can’t say it made everything better, but I definitely recommend it to any mom looking to blow off some steam. If you’re not sure how to organize your own Mom’s Night, just start by calling a friend. Now your network is doubled.