As a working mom it can be really hard to miss out on playdates. Sure, your kid might be in daycare so he’s getting plenty of social interaction but, let’s be honest, playdates are more for the moms than the kids. Most of my mom-friends have weekly playdates and most of them do not work full-time. I am always so happy to be able to say “Yes!” to a playdate invitation.
I recently got asked over for a 9am mid-week playdate and since work was slow I went and had a great time. I made the daycare drop-off on my way home and was at my [home] office by 10:15. But, I can’t do that often or my work would suffer. So, a working mom’s playgroup that met once a month and on weekends was just what I needed!
We went to our first meet-up (the group’s second event) and it was just my 2-year-old, “BB,” and the adorable “Pip.” It was so nice to talk to another working mother. We talked about daycare and work and our “spirited” kids and all the parenting books we read. Pretty much all the things I read about here on Liberating Working Moms, but this was a real woman. HUGE SIGH. For once, I felt normal.
We can have time for play groups if we make the time and if the scheduling works. It was nice to be at a playdate where I wasn’t rushing to get to work in the morning or rushing to put my kid to bed in the evening. If you seek it out and can’t find anything like this, why not start one? You can start with people you know and have them spread the word at their places of business, use Facebook and other social media, use free community calendars and online events calendars. There’s such a need for it – for you, for other moms… OH! and for your kid, too!