On Saturday morning, I received a text from one of my best friends. “Park?” she typed simply. Oh, hell yes. So we washed the breakfast dishes and dressed and met her and her own small boy at the park.
It was a gorgeous day. The weather is just starting to slide into fall with that delicious crispness in the air and the boys went wild for 30 minutes on the slides. We mommas had the chance to sit and talk about life and work and our rival football teams. Then we decided to take the boys on a “nature walk” around the little pond at the park.
It’s an off-beaten path, but beautiful with roots to hop over and frogs to catch and fallen trees to discuss. We spent a solid 5-10 minutes listening to all sorts of theories on how that one particular tree fell, from the sun knocking it over to big monsters with two teeth chomping on it, and we couldn’t stop giggling at their overwhelming enthusiasm for a fallen tree. We found pebbles to toss into the pond and Harrison asked if he could go swimming. (No, of course.) We wandered back to the park for more sliding and running for another hour and the boys were tired and sweaty by the end.
So what’s my point?
That tag-teaming with another working momma on the weekends is so important. Being able to connect with another momma who understands me while our boys wear themselves out? Priceless. Seeing my kid light up at the playground instead of pull at my pants leg all Saturday morning? Fantastic. Giving them an opportunity to nap well that afternoon so I could do chores? Smart mothering.
I spend all week in an office with adults, talking about coding and email marketing. It’s wonderful, but sometimes I just need to be a momma. And this let’s me be one.
What do you do to connect with other mommas and your kid on the weekends?
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