Tribe, squad, crew, club. Whatever you call it – these are the people that will dry your hot tears over weening, sleep training and baby weight, bring an extra change of kid clothes to preschool drop off because you totally forgot about “Splash Day,” and can take your little for an hour so you can run that meeting like the #BADA$$MAMA you are.
Whether you’re a new mom or #momming veteran it’s not easy to get out of our heads and make some new friends. We’ve put together a handy list to help get you started!
1. Online! (here)
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2. Mommy group
Mommy or Mommy & Me groups can vary from a small handful of local members to huge national registries. They offer moral support, tips, guidance and a new circle of MAMA friends going through the EXACT thing you are going through at the EXACT same time! Check out some below:
- Working Moms Group on Meetup.com – “Meet other moms who work full or part time. Gather with career women with kids for advice and support.”
- WAHM Group on Meetup.com – at over 300,000 members in 1,000+ groups world-wide you are DEF not alone! Check them out! “Meet other local Moms who work at home. Gather with women who juggle having both a home career and children for advice sharing and companionship.”
- Mom’s Club – “a support group designed just for you, the at-home mother! You are interested in the world around you, want a variety of activities for you and your children, and are proud of your choice of at-home mothering for your families! We know, because we’re at-home mothers, too!”
3. School drop-off / pickup
It’s super easy to bond with the only other mom prying a screaming toddler off her hip at preschool drop off. Or the other room parent who hates construction paper cuts as much as you do. We feel you Girl! Next time you head out for school, grab an extra oat milk latte for your new potential friend. Before you know it you’ll be swapping stories and booking playdates.
4. The Park
See that mom that just smiled when your kid shared some random sand toy with her kid? POUNCE! Introduce yourself (you can intro your kid first if it’s easier) and if all goes well, you can strike up a conversation – ask if they’ll be around again at this same time tomorrow or next week. Date MADE!
5. Office moms
With seven-in-ten moms with kids younger than 18 in the labor force, you’re bound to know an office mom based on this recent study. If you’ve already targeted a possible mom friend at work, strike up a convo about sleep schedules or kindergarten homework – we’re guessing they’d love an ally at the office too. You can cover for each other when one of you dozes off during your next loooong meeting from sleep deprivation, or ask about her new, ever-so-stylish and not-so-obvious pumping/laptop bag combo!
6. A Workout class
If you have time for a workout class – you’re ahead of the game! If this workout class is on a weekday mid morning or early afternoon – you’d better bet there’s another MAMA in the room! Here are some group workouts we love!
- Stroller Barre – Barre is so hot right now! A 60-minute cardio and strength interval class combines moves inspired by barre, ballet, Pilates, ﬁtness, and yoga to help you regain your posture and alignment and strengthen your body from the inside out.
- Stroller strides – Each 60-minute workout is comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration, all while entertaining little ones with songs, activities and fun!
- Fit Baby – designed specifically for moms-to-be. All exercises are carefully selected to prepare your body for the many changes you will experience during pregnancy!
- Orangetheory – A science-backed, technology-tracked, coach-inspired group workout designed to produce results from the inside out.
(don’t have time for a workout class? Check out these tips on staying active when and where you can)
7. Your Family
Sister? Cousin? Super “Cool Aunt”? Don’t forget the fact that your mom was once a mom too! Oh wait a second…
Your family is already pre-disposed to like you, and while there’s no drama like family drama, they can be really helpful and supportive when you need it. NOT TO MENTION – built in babysitters!
8. Your Partner
Your partner can and should be your love, but they can and should also be your support system! Never be afraid to share how you’re feeling, what you need, or how they can help. You chose them for a reason!
They may not always volunteer to change a diaper, make dinner, or pick up the groceries – but give them the benefit of the doubt and ask for help. They might just surprise you in the best way possible.