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Girls’ night out: just what we needed

I always look forward to going on a girls’ night out. The outing gives me a chance to enjoy adult conversation, eat yummy food and have a leisurely meal without worrying that the kids will act up.

Best of all, I don’t have to cut up anyone’s food and keep an eye on bedtime. After each night out, I find myself being much more patient with my family and resolve to get out more often.

Recently, I had one of my all-time favorite girls’ nights out. But it didn’t involve fancy food or adult beverages and in fact, I was home well before 8 p.m.

Instead of going out with girlfriends, I spent a wonderful evening hanging out with my 10-year-old daughter. One of the challenges of having multiple kids is that it seems that you never get enough alone time with each child, so we try to make a date with each alone whenever possible.

On our night out, Laurel talked nonstop about her friends and school and told me some funny new jokes. We got extra butter on our popcorn since the boys in our family don’t like it that way and laughed hysterically together at the movie.

When we pulled into the driveway a few hours later, we were both happy and relaxed and had genuinely enjoyed each other’s company. Even better was the fact that she is old enough to use a knife, so I still didn’t have to cut up anyone’s food during the evening.

Read Jennifer Gregory’s entire blog at TriangleMom2Mom.com/usersJenniferg72/blog.