Apologies to Friends and Family
Unless you have walked in my shoes (or at least on my path), you will never understand. I did not choose to have my children with me only 50% of the time. That is not a choice I would ever make for myself or my children, but divorce made that choice for me, and therefore, I make other choices based on that one.
When my children are with me, I choose to spend that time with them. I plan my personal appointments and fun non-children things during the times they are with their dad. When I am invited to an adult-only activity, I check my parenting schedule before accepting.