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Making time for friends

Posted on October 17, 2011

After reading this post (by Nicole at Planning With Kids) at the CareerMums blog, I have decided to take a night off. I am going out for a ‘noice bistro meal’ and a movie with some mates from the school community. We have been talking about it for ages… and now we’re finally doing it.

I think there’s a misconception as a mum that you need an ‘occasion’ to go out. That it needs to be an ‘event’. With frocks, and heels, and pearls and stuff. A la Sex and The City. I think that is one reason that perhaps we don’t go out enough. You don’t need an event. You just need to get out of the house.

The Builder laughed when I told him that I was going out… on a Monday. After all, who goes out on Monday night? Mums do, that’s who. It’s not the coolest night to go out, I agree. But I’m going out. With friends. And that’s cool enough.

When was the last time you went out with friends? Do you do it often enough?

14 Comments

  1. PlanningQueen

    So true. Sometimes we try to wait to make it the big event, but we really just need to get together. The rest takes care of itself.

    Nic

  2. Kerry

    Oh, just realised my comment is totally irrelevant as I don’t have kids at home anymore. Still, friends are necessary at any stage of your life 🙂

  3. Kerry

    I have breakfast with a group of friends every Friday morning. Well, the ones I can manage! It refills the laughter bank at the end of some long weeks that’s for sure.

  4. Mrs Woog

    Last Saturday night with the school mums to see and Abba Tribute show. Loved it and paid for it all day long Sunday. x

  5. Photographer Mum

    Can’t remember the last time I went out, but when I get the chance, I take it! My bestie is holding a pre Melbourne Cup party in about 2 weeks where we all go to her place dressed up for the races. Such a fun annual event her and her husband host. Seriously looking forward to it!!
    I find just getting to the gym in the evenings a good escape!

  6. therhythmmethod

    I can’t remember? Perhaps a lunch for my best friends birthdays in July. I did spend one night out with my sister in the city a few months back. It is what it is when you have little kids. I’ll find my buried social life soon enough.
    Sex in the City has a lot to answer for.

  7. cathy@home

    Last time I went out with freinds we had a picnic in the park untill 1 am. Have to it again soon.

  8. KAT

    I couldn’t manage without my girls night outings. I have 5 friends that when we go out we close down whatever restaurant we go to. We laugh till our sides hurt. Best medicine in the world.

  9. Mama of 2 boys

    I SO agree! We tend to slip into the only going out on special occasions rut and it’s not good for anyone. I went out with the gals last Tuesday night of all night’s… nothing’s happening on a Tues night! But we hit the pub, had an awesome meal and lots and lots of laughs.
    Hope you had a top time with the crew Allison :o)

  10. Diminishing Lucy

    Funnily enough, I am out for a girls lunch tomorrow! First time in ages!

    Hope you had a top time, untethered!

    xx

  11. Mum on the Run

    Absolutely.
    Doing it tomorrow night!
    I usually aim for once a month – just dinner with some girlfriends.
    Any night of the week will do.
    It’s about the company, the giggles, enjoying a meal or a drink, something to look forward to, finishing a sentence without interruption…!!

    Occasionally, I get the Mummy guilts as I walk out the door (after serving dinner, bathing and bedding Magoo!!) but that’s forgotten once the chatter kicks in.

    Hope you had a terrific time.
    🙂

  12. MummyK

    I can’t remember the last time. Sigh.

  13. Victoria

    Not often enough! These days its usually to celebrate a BIG birthday or a leaving party (expats on the move again). I did do a Saturday afternoon shopping with some mum friends and then after we were all shopped out, we found a bar and drank wine together for a couple of hours. That felt great. Have fun this evening. Monday night out is the new Friday night out!

  14. ClaireyHewitt

    I recently went out on a Monday with some Mums, we chatted so long that the waiters were vacuuming around us…we finally got the message!

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