You laugh, cry, grow, and love with your mom tribe, so we've partnered with
merci® Chocolates to show them how much it means.
Life doesn't always work out as planned, especially when you're dealing with the unique set of variables that comes with being a mom. As the saying goes, it takes a village — or at least, a treasured sisterhood of moms who get it and have been there. Whether you call upon them to pick your child up from school when your car won't cooperate, or just to remind you at that toughest of times that you've got this and you're doing great, your mom tribe is your support system and your cheerleading squad. We asked six moms to share what their mom community means to them and how they save the day.
From Late to Play Date
"Subway travel can really throw a wrench into daycare pickup. I'm no stranger to signal delays or sick passengers and try my best to add these inconveniences into my commute time, mainly because my daycare charges overtime by. the. minute. A few months ago, when the subways decided to go express, I knew it was going to cost me a fortune. I texted my fellow daycare commuters to see if anybody had any advice to help me navigate my way. Turns out, we were all thrown for a loop, but the work-from-home parents divided and conquered and took the stragglers home. As I showed up over an hour late, my fellow Momma saved me almost $100 and provided my kiddo with a surprise play date. I thanked her with a box of
merci® Chocolates — with the express instruction that she eat them all by herself." — Megan Davis
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A Mom With Angel Wings
"It was postpartum day 18, and I was crying. Then suddenly a fellow new mom — a friend of a friend — messaged me to meet up. Like an angel from the maternal sky, Stephanie appeared. This woman was not only casually eating and drinking while wearing her baby — she wasn't even carrying a diaper bag! I thought,
Whatever this lady is doing, I need to do it, too.
She brought along other new moms, too. Before I knew it, I had found my mom tribe. We took long walks together by the waterfront and had play dates, and they taught me how to breastfeed in public without shame. My daughter, now 3, is still best friends with both of their daughters. The trials of parenting ease up after the first months, but they never go away, and the joys of having a mom tribe have only grown. These ladies were my saving grace when I needed them most and remain some of my closest friends today."
— Kim Rittenberg
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Nothing Says "I Care" Like a Care Package
"One of the moms in my regular mom group texted us a couple of days after a play date to say that her son had started getting sick. Lo and behold, less than an hour later, my son was sick too. Shortly after, so was I. My husband was traveling at the time, but this mom felt so terrible that she sent us all comfort parcels with ginger ale, crackers, and soup. I actually almost turned them away because I didn't order anything! Even though her son got us all sick, she still saved the day. We, of course, forgave her!" — Jessica Leonzi
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The Wardrobe Department
"My baby is the Blowout King of Brooklyn. I pride myself on being consistently overprepared, except, of course, the one time it was actually necessary. It was the first week of Spring, so we went to an outdoor festival with a few friends, followed by a lovely patio brunch. The first accident happened on the way to the festival, the second at the festival, and the third on our way to brunch.
As I pulled backup outfit number three from our diaper bag, I realized that it was our last. We probably should have paid more attention in school because apparently a fourth blowout
is biologically possible. While we were weighing our options (put our socks on his arms and legs and cover his torso with a towel until we can get home?) a woman from my moms' group — whom I'd barely met — walked over and offered us her 2-year-old daughter's onesie. We thanked her profusely, cleaned up our mess, and quickly slipped our 3-month-old son into a giant onesie that read 'Mommy's Little Diva.'" — Lindsey Marks
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A Light in the Dark
"My Mom crew is actually made up of my high school friends, so we go back a long way. After my dad died and I was really devastated, they organized a huge birthday party for me. It was just two weeks after his death, but I really felt like I needed to be in the center of something positive — a true celebration of life. Here were kids, my friends, and their parents, so people ranged from age 8 to 80 years. It was wonderful."
— Allison Tibaldi
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Pancakes at The Ready
"I called my friend at 7 p.m. to ask if she could take my son at 10 a.m. the next morning so I could make a last-minute work trip to Arizona (from Texas). She took him for the day, made him pancakes, and sent me a slew of pictures so I wouldn't worry. And then there are the many, many moms who used to help me up and down subway stairs and on and off buses with my baby, a stroller, and a baby bag in tow. Really, we're all a big tribe." — Natasha Gibson
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