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I’m looking for ideas. How do you guys have fun and still be a working mom? I’m killing it at work and at home, my kid feels secure and loved but I find fun and play is the hardest thing to achieve.

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I go out dancing on the weekends with single friends! My hubs couldn’t care less about it so that works out pretty well. I also recently made a goal to see a movie solo once a month (guilty pleasure.) Next goal is to figure out how I can fit the gym into my life- unsurprisingly that’s the hardest thing!

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I had to redefine fun for a few years. More family events, fewer nights out. Partially because babysitters are so $$. Luckily I enjoy cooking and have friends who are more than happy to bring the beer. Now that my kids are older, I have more freedom.

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Babysitters and lots of loud music in dirty punk clubs. Nothing like a raw night of music to get me back in the right mindset. The burnout is real.

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Yup. Now think of us single mom chicks trying to find then schedule dates. Hopeless. 🤣🤣

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I struggle with this myself because I feel guilty for taking time to myself but you have to force it. Even if it’s just once a week pedicure or workout class. I’ve also heard of couple who each give a spouse a night a week to go out, no guilt. When my toddler is a little bit older I think that could work well for us. Also Mom friends? I’ve yet to find any I like but theoretically play dates with wine could be fun

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I’ve just found things at home that fulfill me. I keep up very active text/talk relationships with my BFFs. Going out is not really a thing in my life. I figure it will change as my kids get older. I would give an earlobe for a mom friend. Moved to a new area three years ago and have yet to make a local friend. The internet helps. And thank big baby Jesus I’m an introvert. Sorry, I’m no help, just commiserating.

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How old are the kids? If small, then activities with them are mind numbing. Once older you can rock climb, bike, hike, skate and do fun things with them. We basically are not home on weekends and just do things non stop. Otherwise I do a lot of lunches with ex colleagues and friends and exercise classes a few times a week. And occasional date nights - once they are older you can send them on sleepovers and save the sitter money.

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Go away for a night with some other moms or meet a friend for dinner! The time away from your kids will do wonders for all of you.

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