Whether you’re a first-time mom learning to care for a newborn or you’re tackling the teenage years, every mom is facing some sort of obstacle. With the month of love right around the corner comes the unofficial holiday, Galentine’s Day. Galentine’s Day, which falls on February 13th, started as a fictional holiday on the show Parks and Rec in 2010. Over the past nine years, it has evolved into a day of female empowerment. There is nothing more powerful than women supporting other women and we want to see more of this.
This Galentine’s day, we encourage you to get together with your fellow mom friends and spend the day supporting one another. That one friend who always looks like they have it together on the outside might actually be struggling on the inside and a night away might be just what the doctor ordered. Keep reading to learn how you can go about supporting the lovely moms in your life this Galentine’s day.
Being a mom comes with many responsibilities which can make for a busy schedule, so it’s best to plan ahead. Contact your girlfriends well in advance to see if they are able to get together on February 13th. This will give you all enough time to find a sitter or to have your significant other clear their schedule and stay home with the kids.
Once you’ve saved the date, start thinking about how you want to celebrate this Galentine’s Day. Maybe it’s something as simple as a ladies night in. Gather at a fellow mom’s house, crack open a bottle of wine, catch up on gossip, and try the latest skin and hair care essentials. Maybe you’re tired of staying in and are looking to have a night out on the town complete with dinner at your favorite restaurant. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s a setting that is somewhat relaxing and conversation friendly. A club or bar might not be the best place to have a supportive conversation with your girlfriends.
Create a judgement free zone
The whole point of gathering with your gal pals is to support one another and talk through similar issues. Your friends aren’t going to open up to you if they aren’t in a comfortable setting or trust that they’re in a no judgment zone. Your body language and facial expressions are typically an indication of how approachable you are so trying to be mindful of this when your friend is venting. If you’ve all been friends for a while, being honest and open should be no problem. However, if you’ve recently introduced someone new to the group, it’s understandable that everyone may not be willing to divulge all of their personal issues. If this is the case, offer your more private friends some one on one time to talk out their issues.
Discuss the importance of self-care
Self-care is important, especially as a mom. You’re constantly on the go and putting others needs before your own. Taking care of yourself should be just as important as taking care of your family. This is a huge struggle with a lot of women, which is why it’s crucial to find out what your friends are doing to working self-care into their daily routine. Since February is the month of love, make a pact with your girlfriends to invest more in yourselves and take your self-care routines seriously.
For myself, I only work out of the home part time while my son is in school. The rest of my work is in-home. I create flexible work hours for myself because what makes me happy is being home with our youngest and available for the older boys and their needs. With these hours I have the best of all worlds. I work outside so I meet others, I work in-home so I am available and still have hours in the day to myself before school ends and our son gets home.
Have fun this Galentine’s Day!!
Having a serious talk with one another is great but make sure you still throw some fun in there. After all, you did go through the trouble of finding a babysitter. Let loose and enjoy the company of those that support and uplift you