The 'social life' myth debunked

How many times have you bemoaned the lack of a 'social life' since you became a parent? I am guessing every other day! If you don't say it, you think it and sigh. I used to as well, but now I think it's unfair. And I'll tell you why. Isn't it hard enough that we have to deal with constant guilt about being the perfect parent that society expects us to be? Then, why in the world is having a social life defined by non-parents so important?

Let's analyze this a bit. When we say 'social life' we are using it in the context of young, trendy people who have more shoes than responsibilities. The ones who spend their entire weekend partying on a yacht or a glitzy club. The one's who spend long weekends in a spa resort. Remember, only those with sufficient free time and money can indulge in this social life. So, I guess that's about 5-10% of the population. And that's exactly why I think it's unfair that we should be expected to follow this myth of a social life that 'everyone else is having'.

In your face, party-goers!
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The Macmillan Dictionary defines the term as the time that you spend enjoying yourself with friends (yes, I actually checked). Nowhere does it say that you should be partying until the wee hours of the morning and getting drunk. It's perfectly acceptable to meet your mommy or daddy friends for a playdate or a birthday party. You are socializing there and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

This whole lie has been allowed to run it's course for too long, and I hope you will join in me in saying 'NO' to the social life myth! 

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