Being a mom is difficult. We go to parenting classes, search Google, and Pinterest to figure out what to do as a new parent. It’s not like the baby comes with a manual. Just when you think you have everything figured out, it all changes.
Truth: I could not have survived motherhood without my mom tribe and connecting with other moms.
Have Mom’s Night
Make time to connect with other moms! I am going to say it louder for the people in the back . . . Make time to connect with other moms! Our lives can be so consumed with our children. It is important to make time for you and the people that support and make you stronger.
Through my church, I attend a “young married couples with kids” connect group. We meet every Monday night at the group leader’s house and eat dinner together. Then the moms and dads split, and we enjoy our time with our respective groups. We hire a babysitter for the night, and we split the pay between families. This group has been my support through all of the good and the bad times.
A mom night can look different depending on you and your schedule. My cousin does her mom group once a month. Each person signs up for a month to host. They hired a babysitter for the night when the kids were little, but now the older kids watch the younger kids. Their group is called Steak Fry!
I have some friends who plan a mom’s trip every year to a different location. This is a great way to get away for the week to relax and enjoy your friends that you may not have seen in awhile.
The key is to carve out time in your schedule to commit to being with these moms. Our lives can be so busy no matter what stage of “mom” we are in. Your mental health and time with other moms is so important to not only to be an amazing mom, but to also save your sanity.
Connect Through Social Media
Social media has been a lifesaver for people going through the same things I am. I exclusively pumped for a year, and there was a Facebook group I joined for exclusively pumping moms. From the questions other people asked to the answers to questions I asked, I learned so much through the group.
There are also local moms Facebook groups that you can join to discuss what is happening in the city that you are in. Fort Worth Moms has Neighbor Groups through Facebook. You can find them here. I am also a part of Arlington Mom’s Talk. We discuss activities going on in our area, moms do meet ups at the local parks, and ask questions about parenting.
Social media is a great platform to ask questions and get to know people going through the same things as you.
Connecting with People in Person
Looking to meet people in person? Sign up your child for an activity. The Little Gym, Soccer Shots, and so much more are great ways to meet other moms. Our daughter goes to Soccer Shots. She loves it, and we have the opportunity to meet other parents.
Some of my moms life friends came from waiting for me to get out of elementary school. A group of moms, including mine, would stand under this giant tree outside of my elementary school and wait for school to be let out. They would talk about life, their kids, and so much more. It has been many years since I was in elementary school, but she still connects with the moms from under the giant tree. Getting involved in your child’s school is a great way to meet other parents. My daughter is in preschool, and I have already made great friends with parents in my daughter’s class.
Being able to connect with other moms about our successes, failures, and life in general has been an integral part of my life. We all need people to do life with.
What are some ways that you connect with moms?