Clubs for Work-at-Home Moms
Working from home can get a little lonely. Sure you have your kids to keep you company, and you’re no doubt interacting with clients via email, phone, or video chat throughout the day, but being stuck in the house all day can be an isolating experience. You need to spend leisure time with other adults once in a while if you want to remain happy and fulfilled (kids and clients can only offer you so much on that front). Unfortunately, you may not have much opportunity to meet other women when you’re working from home. And if you’re like most adult females, many of your lady friends from youth have moved away or become busy with their own lives (jobs and kids, just like you). So how can you get out and meet some other women (or even adult couples)? All you have to do is join a club. Here are a few that may fit your unique lifestyle.
- Mommy and me. This is more like a class than a club, but if you’re staying home to raise your young child and you have a flexible work schedule, there’s no reason you shouldn’t take this opportunity to meet other moms in the same boat. You can commiserate over mommy woes, trade secrets for feeding techniques and fending off diaper-pail odors, and even find time to meet up outside class (maybe without the kids). It’s a great way to meet other women while helping your baby to develop properly.
- Book club. If you’re beginning to feel like the sum total of your daily thoughts revolves around diaper changes and drumming up business, perhaps it’s time for a little mental stimulation. Joining a book club is a great way to get it. You can likely find time to squeeze in at least a couple of chapters throughout the week, and taking the time to analyze your literary selection amongst a group of peers will help you to feel like there’s more to life than feeding kids and sitting at a keyboard.
- Movie club. You need to get out of the house once in a while or you’re going to go absolutely stir crazy. Take Friday nights off (hire a sitter or simply have your spouse take over for a change) and head to the theater to see the latest action flick, rom-com, or tear-jerker to hit the silver screen. Afterwards, go out for coffee and pie to discuss the merits of pyrotechnics, hair and makeup, scripted dialogue, and of course, acting.
- Running club. Most new moms are looking to shed a few pounds and get back to their pre-baby weight. But if you’re having trouble getting motivated (and you hate to work out alone), thinking about joining a running (or some other type of fitness) club. That way you can kill two birds with one stone. You’ll get your exercise in and socialize at the same time.
- Wine club. Let’s face it, ladies: there will come a time when a nice glass of wine with the girls sounds like nothing so much as a little slice of heaven. So hand over your tots to the hubby for an evening and get together for a night of wine tasting with the ladies. You might end up at tasting rooms around town in the beginning, just to get an idea of what everyone likes. But after a while you can meet at the homes of different members and have everyone try varietals while you cook a meal (for fun) or sample some exotic meats, cheeses, and chocolates with your wine.
Jennifer Kardish writes for The Guestlist Club where you can find info on the hottest club in London, China White.
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