I am really lucky to have an amazing bunch of Mummy friends. So much so that we try to arrange some days out for just us. We have recently had a day trip to Bath (actually to celebrate Emma’s birthday) and it got me thinking just how valuable and important these days are. Yes we were all tinged with a bit of ‘mummy guilt’ but the benefits far outweighed our feelings of guilt at leaving the kids with their Daddies.
Days out with your Mummy friends are incredibly good for the soul. Why? Well here’s five reasons why….
1. It’s time away from all the stresses and strains of parenthood.
We spent the whole day not having to worry if the football kit was dry, whether or not we were going to get from activity a to activity b on time. We didn’t have to referee any squabbles or have to try to make a papier-mâché Goldfish! We could just be in the moment and enjoy what we were doing.
2. A time to have adult conversation
We were able to have adult conversations without being interrupted every 30 seconds by someone who needs a poo or needs to know what your third favourite reptile is. We could talk about books that we have read, grown up programmes that we have watched….not what happened in the latest episode of Peppa Pig.
3. Having fun.
So many funny things happened on our day out that whenever I feel a bit down I flashback to the funny moments, chuckle to myself and it automatically cheers me up.
4. It reminds you that you are not alone on your parenting journey.
We all know that parenting doesn’t come with a manual therefore there are times when we don’t know the answer to situations so it’s good to talk these questions through with others who are also going through the same.
5. ‘It takes a tribe to raise a child.’
As the saying goes ‘It takes a tribe to raise a child.’ During the week we all chip in to help life run a bit smoother for each other e.g ‘I’ll take Matthew to football, you pick them up then drop them to the party etc.’ And this tribe needs to be celebrated to be reminded how important they are to each other.
So me and my beautiful tribe (we call ourselves the 4 Non-Blondes 👩🏻👩🏻👩🏻👩🏻….obvs) went on our day trip to Bath. Our day started on the train at 8.17 am with a hot drink and some Danish pastries.
We arrived in Bath about 10.30 am….we had intended to go spend a few hours in the Thermae Spa but we couldn’t book in advance and the queue was 90 minutes long so we decided to ditch that and spend time wandering around Bath. So our first activity was to find a lovely cafe, this time for a cooked breakfast but with a Peach Bellini instead of tea/coffee.
We passed a nail bar and decided that getting our nails done would be a good idea….only that didn’t go quite as planned either…Belinda had booked us in for 12.30 assuming that we’d all get to sit down together….but we had to wait and wait and wait….eventually myself and Belinda got our nails done but Sophie and Emma decided to ditch that too and go shopping instead.
The highlight of the day was having afternoon tea in The Dower House Restaurant in the Royal Crescent. It was a beautifully sunny day and we sat outside in the stunning garden. The service was excellent, the waiters were extremely knowledgeable about the history of the buildings and the food and drink. Our waiter’s name was Devon and he suggested that I might like to try Darjeeling Tea when I said that I only drink English Breakfast tea and he was right it was lovely. I opted for the Royal Crescent afternoon tea for a more savoury option but the others decided they would like to experience a sugar coma and so they went for the Authentic afternoon tea with cake, cake and more cake. The sugar sweats defeated them so I had to help them out….
Then we had a little bit of time left to wander around the shops, try out some Jo Malone perfume and then catch the train home. Belinda had brought with her the simple but amazing game called Musical Dipsticks…someone reads part of the lyrics to a song and you have to guess the rest. This is my idea of heaven. I adore a music quiz!
We finally got back home around 9pm exhausted but happy and mentally recharged!
I love to know what you do to recharge!