My friend Jillian, who created the MomCo app, has an article on her blog today called Tips for Making Mom Friends. Life as a mom is much easier and more fun if you have a friend or two to lean on.
And I don’t mean virtual friends.
Sure, it’s great to hop onto Facebook and get a quick opinion about how to handle a tantrum or a recommendation for a pediatrician. But what most of us really need is a pal who motivates us to get out of the house and out of our heads. Who feels like she’s doing it all wrong right along with you. Whose child is your child’s first friend.
The friends I made through our Scripps Parent Connection playgroup are still a huge part of my life 9 years later. We love a nice Moms’ Night Out to chat about our kids, our husbands, our jobs — the joys, the juggle and the struggles. In the first few years of parenthood, meeting in the park with these moms and their babies was a highlight of every week, and my Parent Connection membership was definitely the best $20 a year I ever spent.
There are numerous ways to connect with other women going through the same things you are. My partner here at The Mom’s Guide, Chelsea, is another playgroup-loving mama. She runs a successful group on Meetup.com where any mother can join for free and participate in a variety of weekly activities.
Sarah, who contributes as a writer to the Mom’s Guide, loves her MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group and Stroller Strides. MOPS provides childcare for kid-free connection time between the moms, and Stroller Strides offers the unbeatable combination of friendship and endorphins!
The newest way San Diego moms can connect with each other is through the MomCo app, developed by local mom and my friend, Jillian Darlington. MomCo is free to download and easy to use …
Whether through an app, a meetup or through an organized program, finding friends to share the ups and downs of motherhood with will benefit you and your kiddos immensely. As they say, “it takes a village.” 🙂