Girlfriends. We have them in elementary school, running on the blacktop and trading snacks in the cafeteria. We have them in middle and high school, sharing secrets, clothes, and dreams. We have them as young women, as we emerge from our childhoods and find our way in this new grownup world. And we have them as mothers, when they are our comrades in arms. Yet in the frenzy that is motherhood, our girlfriends can easily drift to the edge of our lives; there simply aren’t enough hours in the day for girl time. Right?
Spending time with my girlfriends invigorates me. I laugh until I
I am so blessed to be a part of a few different girlfriend groups, and I bask in my friends’ wit, compassion, and occasional salaciousness. Each group enriches my life in a way that my phenomenal husband and children can’t.
Make a plan to spend time with your girlfriends; the returns are immeasurable. Yes, it may be difficult to do, but make it a priority to nourish these relationships. Take a weekend getaway if you can, or take in a weeknight movie. Create a book club, or a Pokeno group, or meet for lunch. Make the effort; spending time away from your spouse and kids will make you a better – and happier – wife and mother because of it.