"Why is it so hard to find mom friends?" wonders Circle of Moms member Kristal S. “It seems like I’m stuck at home and never get a break or any kind of ‘adult time.’ It would be great to find some friends who have kids to get together for play groups and have some adult conversations.”
It's not easy to forge new friendships when you're spending long days and nights maintaining the kids and the home front. Here, Circle of Moms members share three tips for transitioning into a social life — as a stay-at-home mom.
1. Join Group Activities for Moms
The best way to beat the isolation that stay-at-home moms often face is to sign up for mom and kid group activities. Jill S., a SAHM who found she "definitely" needed contact with other adults did two things that helped tremendously:
"I found a small group/bible study at my church where they provide child care so I could connect with other women . . . and I joined MOMS Club to meet other stay-at-home moms."
Holly G. also recommends MOMS club. This mom of two created her own playgroup through the national organization, which she says "is very strict on being positive and being nice, so [there's] none of the cattiness you encounter in so many [other] groups!"
Amy D. signed up for mom and kid activities at her local library. "You can expose your little one to the library and a love of reading early on, and you can meet other moms who have children," she shares.
2. Meet Your Neighbors
One of the simplest and closest to home ideas for finding new friends is to reach out and introduce yourself to the neighbors, says Bree S. “Just be open minded and paste on a friendly smile.”
Melissa echoes this suggestion, adding too that you can sometimes follow your kids' lead: "Go out your back door and see what kids are out playing. If the mom is with them, walk over and start talking. You have to put yourself out there, and I have come to find that the women are very nice and will do anything to help you."
3. Go Online
Many moms find a ready-made community of friends by going online. Circle of Moms offers thousands of vibrant special interest communities for moms, including a Stay-at-Home Mom community with over 300,000 members. Moms also recommend Meetup to find local groups, and Facebook, where Joanne K. has created her own group just for stay-at-home moms.
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