How to Make New Mom Friends
Sometimes new mothers drift apart from their friends, because of their new, different schedules. That is why moms often befriend other moms because of their similar availability while bonding over relatable concerns and issues. Here are some tips on how you can make new mom friends:
- Your new friend can be found as near as next door
Oftentimes, neighbours can make fast friends, because of the proximity, convenience and generally increased encounters and familiarity. Spontaneous meet-ups and get-togethers can be made frequent and easier. To get to know your new neighbours, simply spend more time outside your house – perhaps you can bring your children to play outside in the evenings and stay with them. Go for walks, bicycle rides, and meet and greet everyone you pass by. Introduce yourself and make small talk – discussing your neighbourhood, such as safety or strange sightings, is a good place to start. Offer them the extra servings of brownies that you baked too much, or help them collect their parcels when they are away. Once you get to know them better, you can even invite them over for a meal.
- Be friends with your child’s friend’s mother
When your child is attending playgroups, music classes, daycare or preschools, you can get more involved and linger around during drop-off or pick-up times, to meet other parents. Parents in these settings are usually very open to chatting and making friends, as they want to know more about their children’s friends and families as well as share information and feedback about the mutual classes their children are attending. Be the first to initiate a conversation even if everyone is too shy to. You can also consider joining the PTA or volunteering to help out, to meet other moms helping out as well.
If your child has a best friend, you can also get to know the mother – both children would be thrilled to have a playdate and spend more time together, while their mothers will have a friendly companion in each other during events such as birthday parties, sports days or school activities.
- Get more involved in classes and communities
If you have some extra time in between fetching your children, you can consider joining local communities, hobby clubs or even workout groups to get fit and healthy while making new friends! Most moms who are not working have hectic, but similar schedules- so they often find meaningful activities that they love doing to fill up their spare time. If you get invited to lunch or parties, try to say yes if you can make it, even if you just got to know the person. After all, this is your opportunity to meet new friends or grow closer to people you already know.
Being a mother takes up a lot of time, but it does not mean that a mom has to give up on having friends and a support system she can count on, for comfort and companionship.
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