Fox News Host Kimberly Guilfoyle's Playdate Idea Is a Sanity Saver for Working Moms


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Making Mondays fun is a challenge for any parent, but for a single, working mom, it's even more daunting. Fox News anchor Kimberly Guilfoyle, mom to 10-year-old Ronan, has an innovative idea that keeps her only child happily looking forward to the start of the week. She created "Maniac Mondays," a weekly group playdate where her son and his pals get together and have a blast.

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That name is so perfect for getting a bunch of boys together to let off some steam on the first day of the school week. 

"My house is the designated spot," the Five cohost told CafeMom. "Each Monday, Ronan's best guy buddies come over to our place and we try to make it as welcoming and inviting as possible." 

The cool concept came about three years ago, when Guilfoyle was determined not to overbook her son's schedule -- but still wanted her favorite guy to have plenty of time with friends.

She explained that rather than trying to fit multiple playdates into the already-hectic week, one group get-together is the way the 47-year-old ensures her tween gets to see his pals without jamming the calendar.

It's also a great way to beat those all-too-common Sunday-night blues as kids (and sometimes parents) dread the start to another busy week. 

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As big a hit as it is with the kids, Maniac Mondays are just as popular with moms, the legal analyst explained.

"The kids come over after school and make a snack together, sometimes it's tacos or quesadillas. They sit at the table and do their homework. Then they might go to the park and play soccer. So when it's time to go home, they're well fed and their homework is done. The parents just love it. It's great for Ronan because he's an only child and this just feels so warm and inclusive. His friends are almost like siblings. It's pretty fun," she said. 

Guilfoyle added that there's nothing better than coming home from work to see how happy (and sometimes sweaty) her son and his pals are. 

"We have two dogs, Bella and Benny, so they're running around. It's pretty hilarious. Maniac Monday definitely puts a smile on my face," she said. 

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Though she's already got a full plate, Guilfoyle was rumored to be a top contender for the press secretary position in the Trump White House. When asked last year about potentially taking on this new role, the former prosecutor said she was "flattered and honored" to be considered. Ultimately, the role went to Sean Spicer. If she'd been selected, and if she would've accepted the position, Guilfoyle, who joined Fox News in 2006, would have undoubtedly missed her colleagues. 

"I have a lot of girlfriends here and we've had our babies together. They're like family to me. I love my network and I'm a patriot who loves this country. I'm hoping for many continued blessings in 2017," she said. 

There's no telling what would've happened to the Maniac Monday playgroup if Guilfoyle had headed to Washington, DC  -- but something tells us this devoted mom would've found a way to make it all work, all on her own.

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