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My Kids Ruined My Social Life, and I'm So Glad That They Did
"Erik! What are you doing?" I sneered at my husband as he raised his paddle higher than anyone in the audience. "To the highest bidder, a fabulous weekend away at a relaxing, resort in Whistler," the auctioneer boomed into the microphone. Erik sheepishly laughed and muttered, "Just go with it. You know we'll have a good time."
Indeed we did. Whistler was spectacular. We went zip-lining, mountain biking, and dined at exquisite restaurants. This trip was one of many we used to take as DINKS (dual income no kids). We went to Europe, enjoyed wine-tasting excursions and hosted dinner parties. Our weekends were filled with friends, parties and social engagements.
Fast forward five years, add two kids to the mix, and our weekends look a lot different these days. I've traded in my cocktail dresses for yoga pants. The parties have been replaced with Netflix nights. The funny thing is, I love it. Here's why:
No more small talk
Have you ever noticed how exhausting small talk can be? Sometimes, it can be so challenging to keep the conversation alive. Instead of spending my energy chitchatting with strangers, I invest it in more fulfilling relationships that deeply matter to me.
Planning is a breeze
I used to spend hours preparing for dinner parties. Planning the menu, shopping for food, and setting the table. It all took so much time and effort. Now, the biggest decision of the evening is which movie to watch. I love how simple it is.
Socializing was reserved for the evenings before our little munchkins arrived. Since then, I've embraced the daytime meet up. Grabbing coffee is the new happy hour. We walk in the mornings as we push our strollers – coffee in tow. And nothing is more satisfying than commiserating with a girlfriend about our constant lack of sleep and perpetual pick up duty while our kids run amuck at the children's museum.
I've gotten to know my friends' kids
It goes without saying that I love my kids. But as I've had the opportunity to spend time with my friends children, I've fallen in love with their kids too. It's rewarding to see their unique personalities shine through and create memories with them.
Our fun on the weekends happens during the day now. We take our kids hiking, on breathtaking ferry rides, to the zoo and beyond. It's provided us the chance to get out and play and explore new parts of our hometown.
It makes a night out feel like a luxury
Since our nights on the town are few and far between, when the rare date night presents itself, it's even more exciting and fun. I look forward to getting dressed up, slipping back into heels and popping in a pair of chandelier earrings. It's a chance to indulge in a special occasion instead of just another Saturday night.
I need time to recharge
Kids are exhausting, no doubt about that. Relaxing in the evenings and relishing in quiet nights offers me the opportunity to recharge my batteries and prepare for the next day.
Waking up the next day
Snuggles on the couch, forts with pillow cushions, and blueberry pancakes. The absolute best part about having a relaxing evening at home is waking up the next morning feeling refreshed and ready to make more memories with my kids.
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