Today I have some questions for my readers who are stay-at-home parents of young children, which I'm guessing is most of you. (And if it doesn't describe you right now, it probably did in the not so distant past.)
Have you received the advice to "get out of the house and make sure you have adult conversation"? Do you follow it? Do you go out every day? Or only when you have a specific reason?
|Sometimes we prefer to stay home and do this|
Because personally, I like spending time with my family, and don't consider communicating with my own children to be subpar to communicating with other adults. And does anyone really take their kids out every single day, for the sake of leaving the house? Because seriously, three times a week or so and we're good. Even when hubby is gone. I know I tend to be all introvert-y, but still. The thought of packing everyone up every single day and going somewhere simply to be able to say we did does not appeal to me.
So, I'm curious . . . What does "getting out" mean to you?
- Does a prearranged lunch and play date with another stay-at-home mom count?
- When we go to the library by ourselves but end up chatting with another mom and her kids in the children's room, does that count?
- If the Agents and I go to the commissary, and we don't talk to anyone except the cashier and the person who bags our groceries, does that count?
- When we stop at Starbucks and have a 40-second conversation with the gentlemen in line in front of us, does that count?
- Does the back yard count?
Just wondering what others' experiences have been, as this advice seems to be the first thing out of folks' mouths when they learn I'm a stay-at-home mom who homeschools with a rarely-home husband. (Right after praising my patience or declaring me fit for sainthood, both of which make me giggle.)
What do you think? Leaving the house: daily necessity? or overrated?