Here's the sad but true fact:
I parent better in public.
It sounds hypocritical, doesn't it? Shouldn't I hold myself to the same standard of parenting excellence in the privacy of my home that I can mange others are watching? Do I not remember that I live under the eye of an all-seeing God, who sees me either at playgroup or at home? Do I know that He sees my heart?
Yes. Yes. And yes.
There are days when it is better to see and to be seen. To absorb the energy of "out" and the energy of other young families. To remove the distractions of my home and kitchen, so that I will sit on the floor for an hour and a half and do whatever my sons want to do. To be in a place where other mothers are playing with Legos and to follow their models of patience and engagement.
Playgroup is for me.Not to drink coffee and gossip with the other moms (I'm not that parent), but to force me to be a better parent, if only for the morning.