Q. I have a 6-week-old and, frankly, I'm bored being at home with her. But the idea of a mother's support group sounds too touchy-feely for me, as does Mommy & Me yoga. And my daughter is too young for music or movement classes. Any other options for me?
If you're anything like we were as new parents -- bone-tired, maybe suffering from a little postpartum angst, living in a body you barely recognize, and isolated in a town you once ruled -- being cooped up with an infant can definitely do a number on your sanity. Congratulations! It took you only six weeks to realize it!
Good news. Across the country, savvy business people have developed a slew of offerings for new moms who want to socialize over something a little more interesting than diaper rash. Miss grown-up entertainment? This new social phenomenon of parent/baby cultural gatherings allows moms to take in adult activities, such as going to museums, movies, even lectures, with tots in tow. Check out these ideas:
Also, be sure to check out these other articles on beating mommy boredom:
Kathy Bishop and Julia Whitehead are the authors of The City Parent Handbook: The Complete Guides to the Ups and Downs and Ins and Outs of Raising Young Kids in the City (Rodale).
Originally published in American Baby magazine, May 2005.