The transition to motherhood presents plenty of challenges, and finding ‘mom friends’ to hang out with is certainly a tough one. Finally you’re ready and + motivated to get out of the house and talk to other adults, but maybe not in the same way you did pre-kids. If you’re looking for some new friends to navigate parenthood with, here are some tips:
- Be a conversation starter – Don’t be afraid of chatting up other parents at parks and children’s activities. Of course you may not find a BFF every time, but many parents will be happy to talk. If you aren’t sure what to say, try starting with a compliment, or asking for advice. I once made some new friends by chatting with a family in a busy waiting area at a local restaurant. We wound up
- Bring a snack to share – If you’re packing snacks for the park, bring a little extra. Small children aren’t shy about checking out what food others are eating, and it’s nice to be able to share. Just remember to check in with their grownup (conversation starter!) first in case of any dietary restrictions.
- Show up – Try to attend events happening around your community. Parent/child yoga classes, library storytimes, events posted by other moms on Facebook are all good ways to make new friends. And try to attend consistently, so you can get to know the regular attendees. (PS – You can find kid’s events happening around you Campanizer!)
- Make an invitation – Whatever you’re up to, invite others to join you. A few ideas: volunteering with kids, trash pickup at a local park, nature walk, science experiment afternoon, weekly park meetup, post storytime coffee. You can make the invitations individually or put out a call in your local Facebook mom’s group.