Organize a Hen Party
The driving idea behind creating the Grandmother Hen website was to get grandmothers together and talking about the triumphs and challenges of this golden time of life. By swapping stories, exchanging ideas, and lending support, grandparenthood becomes richer when shared with others who are going through the same things.
The benefits of an online community are that it is far-reaching and diverse. You may get a great idea from across the country or make a friend that you never would have otherwise. At times, though, it’s nice to be able to greet our friends with a hug or share in hysterical laughter about a grandchild’s latest antics. If you are not already involved in a regular group of grandmothers who get together, think about organizing one. Here are some ideas to get you started.
- Early Birds. For those that like to get a jump on the day, grabbing breakfast or coffee is an ideal way to form a group. By getting together first thing in the morning, it is less likely that other obligations will prevent you from attending. Also, breakfast (and especially coffee) is inexpensive and won’t break the bank if you decide to go more than once a week. Pick a local bakery or breakfast dive that is central to you and your group of friends. After a few weeks, you will have established yourselves as regulars who know the staff and even have their own table.
- Strutters. A walking group is a fantastic way to stay fit while being social. You probably know at least one person in your neighborhood, if not several, that would enjoy setting up a regular time of the day or week to take a walk. Or, your group can meet up at a nearby park or walking trail. Enjoying the outdoors, catching up with friends, and keeping yourself healthy – what could be better?
- Pretty Peacocks. If being pampered is more your style, you should have no trouble finding some partners in crime. Depending on your schedule and budget, this may be a group that meets weekly or monthly. Enjoy chatting with friends while you relax and get fussed over. Some pampering ideas to consider are manicures and pedicures, facials, massages, having your hair done, or setting up an appointment for your group with a personal shopper at your favorite store.
- Night Owls. For those who still like to step out and kick up their heels a bit, forming a Ladies’ Night Out group can be tons of fun. If you are adventurous, try finding a place to go dancing or plan a fun activity like painting pottery (many studios allow you to bring wine). If you are part of a calmer crew, set up a weekly or monthly date for dinner or a movie. Getting out in the evening gives you a chance to get gussied up, to be up-to-date on the latest restaurants and films, and gives you something exciting to look forward to.
As you can imagine, these groups become about much more than just having coffee, walking, getting manicures or seeing a movie. If you are not already close with your group when it gets started, you certainly will be as you share details of your life over hours of time together. While technology can be an innovative way of bringing people together, there are times during grandparenthood when you need a reassuring pat on the back or the joy of shared laughter through tears. So, grab some hens and get a party started. You will wonder how you ever survived without them.