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How Play Dates Used to Terrify Me! (And now, slightly less so...)

Posted on 19 March, 2017 at 14:15

I was never a play date or mommy group kind of mom. As a writer, I've always been more of an introvert. Anti-social perhaps lol. I'm friendly and outwardly confident, but the idea of walking into a Mommy Group gave me hives. I always envisioned those things as a baby battle zone, where we compare every aspect of our child's development to the other babies. And every way I parented would be critized or judged. 

No thanks. Not for me. 

And that was okay before my son started school. 

But last year, when he started kindergarten, everything changed. It was no longer up to me whether or not we did play dates. My son now had the control. After all, I wanted him to have friends, right?

Which meant, I needed to make friends. 

Let's just say he had an easier time than I did. 

But over the months and slowly but surely, I got used to the weekly get togethers at play centers or someone's home and surprisingly it wasn't horrible lol. 

Now, almost two years later, I actually initiate the play times. Why? Because, it's really the only way to survive this parenting thing. 

Whenever my little guy has an issue that I'm not sure how to deal with, it's fairly certain that one of his friends have had a similar problem and getting advice from someone who has been there is so helpful. Likewise, I feel like I can help them with other situations. 

In the last two years, I've become part of a group of warriors, silently banded together, having one another's back, keeping an eye on each others kids and just supporting one another as we navigate the school years. 

Yes, I do still shudder slightly at the idea that I have to come out of my shell, let my guard down a bit and leave the house but I'm slowly getting better at it. 

Now, I do it for my son, but I also do it for myself. Being an author is such a solitary, often lonely profession. Parenting doesn't have to be. 

xo

Jen

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1 Comment

Reply Talena Winters
18:41 on 19 March, 2017 
Good food you!