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As most of us desire romantic love and partnership, many of us have a burning desire for something else outside of romance.
Something deep, passionate and covered in raw, unadulterated loyalty. Preferably an MFF who shares our same sense of humor about diaper blowouts in public, but that’s not a requirement. I can already feel the hot sweats coming on envisioning myself trying to approach a bunch of ladies at the park who seem to be having fun, only to have them give me a few fake smiles and then close up their circle like a BFF fortress.
Materials: this two-page worksheet, one copy per student; some blank paper (to make notes for feedback); a pen.
Last week we ended with the Secret Ingredient that Ties Top Teams Together, where the bottom line is that people need to really know each other before they can become a high performing team. Speed dating A non evasive team building activity to kick off discussions about personal relationships is a speed dating exercise in which you request team members to answer a number of different speed dating questions.I can see myself in front of a woman I just met with a list of deal breaker questions: “If my toddler is a strong-willed nightmare, will you A) quietly judge me, B) pour me another glass of wine, commiserate and laugh at my tales of woe or C) act concerned and then suggest I lather both my baby and I down with essential oils? As technology connects us more and more through our computers and gadgets, we can often become disconnected with the people sitting right next to us in PTA meetings or park benches. Some of us are lonely as hell, simply because we’re at a different stage of life than our most beloved friends. Now it seems our neighbor is more apt to call CPS on us when our kids play in the backyard while we cook dinner than come over for coffee and keep an eye on them while we hop to the corner store for some milk.Pick wisely, we only have 30 seconds.” Do I really need timed sessions of quick interviews to find someone to hang out with me? That doesn’t make our growing use of social media a negative, but it can have an impact on how we create (or struggle creating) friendships within the world around us. Sometimes our desire to have connections with other women causes us to spend time with people who don’t jive with our personalities, share our values or support our parenting choices.Speed Dating for moms is a real thing popping up all over the country and women seem to be loving it. Suddenly I’d get 8th grade lunchroom flashbacks, grab my child mid-slide and zoom off in my car like I’m ridin’ dirty with the cops hot on my trail.Founder Robin Hieatt says she started a speed dating event for moms called Moms Matched after growing tired of awkward attempts at connecting with other moms at play dates and parks. But do we really need to make new friends in the same way we seek romantic relationships? Where it may have been totally natural for our moms to drop a pie off to the new neighbors next door, this type of “Howdy neighbor” mentality has been in slow decline.