June 19, 2023 by Marjorie R. Rogers, MA (English), Certified Consultant
As a new mom, it can be challenging to find friends who understand your experience. You may find yourself feeling isolated, particularly if you live away from family or are the first in your group of friends to have kids. However, having a supportive group of mom friends can benefit both your physical and mental health during the early years of parenting. So, here are some ways to meet new friends: your ideal tribe of mom friends in your area.
How To Make Friends As A Mom?
#1 Look to your neighbors first
Looking to make new Mom Friends in your neighborhood? Start by being outside and lingering. Don’t hide away in your garage – put some comfy patio furniture out front and spend time enjoying the fresh air. Encourage your kids to play outside too and make it a point to chat with your neighbors. Whether you’re sipping coffee in the morning or a drink in the evening, spending time outside is the perfect way to meet new people in your community.
#2 Meet other moms
Connect with fellow moms in your community through music classes, or playgroups through your local church, temple, or mosque. When your child is ready for preschool, sign up and make an effort to linger at drop-off and pick-up times to meet other parents and get to know their children. Strengthen those new relationships by suggesting easy playdates at a nearby park or attraction. Don’t settle for small talk about the weather – cultivate meaningful connections with other moms in your area.
#3 Join a moms’ group
Find mom friends who share your interests, whether that’s hiking, talking about parenting tips, or discussing the latest TV show. There are plenty of options out there, from stroller exercise groups to age-specific playgroups. A quick Google search can connect you with a wide variety of mom groups in your area. Joining one of these groups is a great way to bond with other moms and maintain your own hobbies and passions.
Don’t let having a baby stop you from doing what you love. You can find like-minded moms in thematic groups. Use chats on Omegle, Facebook, and other social networks. If your Omegle on mobile is blocked, it’s okay, because it can be unblocked with a VPN. One of the best options for such purposes is VeePN.
#4 Say ‘yes’ to invites
As an introvert, large social events can be exhausting for me, but I try to say ‘yes’ to invitations regardless. Whether it’s a block party, dinner party, or even a skincare or jewelry gathering, I always try to put myself out there and meet new people. And you never know, you might even make some lifelong connections. Take, for example, the time I attended a skincare party hosted by a friend of my neighbor. I ended up staying until midnight and meeting some amazing women who would become my Boston Mom Tribe. All because I said ‘yes’ to an invitation. So next time you’re feeling hesitant about going to a social event, remember that it could lead to some incredible relationships and experiences.
#5 Meet your kid’s friends’ moms
Want to make mom friends in an easy way? Get your kids together with other kids for playdates! This gives you an opportunity to have adult conversations without interruption from bored children. Plus, since your kids will likely share social circles, you’ll have plenty of chances to connect with their moms at different events. It’s a goldmine of potential new mom friends that you’ll run into consistently.
#6 Offer to carpool
Discover the overlooked perk of carpooling – it can turn your casual car buddies into lifelong Mom Friends! My own closest confidant started as my ride-share partner, and our daily interactions quickly evolved into a strong bond. As we got to know each other’s families, we forged a Mom Tribe with three other amazing women. Don’t underestimate the power of carpooling to create meaningful connections.
#7 Make an effort to hang out and be flexible
As a parent, you’re probably swamped with responsibilities and have limited free time. However, it’s essential to prioritize building new friendships. Your mom’s friends are likely busy too, so don’t get discouraged if plans fall through occasionally. But make an effort to avoid regularly canceling hangouts. If committing to lengthy outings is challenging, consider meeting up for just an hour at a nearby location, like a park or local cafe.
Making new friends as an adult can be challenging. But by joining a mom group, connecting with like-minded people online, or simply reaching out to parents you meet at your children’s activities, it is possible to break through that firewall of isolation and establish meaningful relationships with other parents like yourself.
After all, making connections with others nurtures our social needs and helps us build new life experiences. So if you are looking to make connections, take the initiative and find those people you can call friends. Not only could they turn out to be great advisors and mentors – they may just become the core of your support group as you manage the daily demands of parenting.
About Author (Marjorie R. Rogers)
The inspiring mum of 6 who dedicates her time to supporting others. While battling with her own demons she continues to be the voice for others unable to speak out. Mental illness almost destroyed her, yet here she is fighting back and teaching you all the things she has learned along the way. Get Started To Read …