I joined my current book club with Heather, a friend and neighbor who has children the same age as mine. We decided that book club would allow for a regular night out and discussion of topics other than exhaustion, play dates and when to stop night-time pull-ups. We attend as often as we can, depending on our husbands' schedules. Last week I woke up at 5 a.m. every morning to work on various graduation cakes and cookies, including the book cake.
When Heather called, I told her that although I finished the current book, A Paris Wife, there was no way I could stay awake to discuss it. She insisted that not going was out of the question. She had been wearing a robe over her dress for an hour so the kids would not realize she was planning to make an exit.
With the promise of a glass of wine, a short meeting and a ride, she managed to get me out the door, not knowing that the robe was what really made me realize how desperately she needed that time out. It was fun, and we enjoyed being away from the kids for just a little while.
Books will give you that escape!
And by the way, while I certainly don't recommend Riot for any of your kids, do try Enid Blyton with them!