Sisters, Daughters, and Friends
One of the joys of having adult children is getting to hang out with my kids and be friends. I’m still learning not to give advice and opinions unless asked, but for the most part we do well together. Especially all the girls.
Three years ago I organized a girls only weekend over Mother’s Day weekend so I could pamper my daughters, especially the three who were swamped with eight little ones between them, all 6 and under. I knew they’d get more of a real Mother’s Day break than if they were home with husbands and kids. That’s a no-brainer, right? We stayed at a home in Memphis that was made available to us for free and I took the five who were able to come out for meals, brought them all matching pajama pants and tops so they could relax as long as they wanted, and listened to them laugh and tell stories about their lives. I loved it all.
This May I planned a repeat gathering on the first weekend of the month. Coordinating schedules now that there are kids in school and everyone is in different life stages was a challenge. Only four of the six could come, but once again we had a great time. We stayed this time at a friend’s house while they were out of town, so the expenses were minimal again. My daughter-in-law Stephanie, mother of three, just wandered around the house and yard the first night. She was decompressing. But by the end of the weekend she was rested and refreshed. The same was true of Ashley, who is mom to five boys. Some of the moms slept in until 10 a.m. which they can never do at home. This time I bought them matching flip flops with rhinestone straps. We brought our own nail products and did at-home manicures and pedicures. I loved pampering my hard-working girls once again.
Mother’s Day is over for this year, but it’s never too late to pamper the weary young moms in your life. And if you don’t have a mom who can do this for you, plan a short weekend or even a 24-hour getaway with a group of friends. My daughter, Ashley, did this recently with her close friends because one of them was moving away. They came to my house while we were out of town. I left the house mostly clean, made a breakfast casserole for Saturday morning and had plenty of coffee and tea for late night chatting. They loved their time away even though it was too short and they left my house tired from staying up till 2 a.m.
Girl time is so important for young moms, so treat your daughters if you can, or plan a getaway with friends if that is best. Friendships are fuel for moms at all stages of life.