We had a small play group over at my friend Laurie's today. It was really fun. Our kids played really well and we were able to sit and visit. I could have stayed all day if my girls didn't need lunch and naps.
But probably the best thing for me as a mother is to have a group of friends in it with me who can be completely honest and say "This is what my kid is doing right now and how I'm dealing with it." It does two great things - gives me ideas of how to handle situations but also helps me to know "Okay - I'm not the only crazy one. I'm not alone. I thought their house was perfect but they have similar struggles". WHEW - what a relief.
My prayer daily is that in 12 years - we will still be sitting around our kitchens laughing and talking and our kids will all still be hanging out. Only instead of diapers and tantrums we can figure out how to handle dating and teenage angst together.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thess 5:11