When you think of mom friends, you might think of a group of
women that sit around comparing their children, silently competing and vying
for the hypothetical number one mom spot all while finishing off countless
bottles of wine. This type of mom certainly does exist but is not a good
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f done right, you'll find that in many cases one of the best parts of motherhood is the other moms and that havingmom friends is a vital part of surviving motherhood.
Mom friends understand what you’re going through – As much as your partner wants to understand what you’re going through in your new role as a mother, he probably never will because in a lot of ways you have to go through it to completely understand it. Your friends that don’t have kids will fall into one of three categories 1) Those who don’t think your new life fits well into their own life and disappear shortly after you give birth, 2) Those who think that you’re overreacting because in their heads it can't be that hard or 3) Those who want to support you but don't really know how. You may also have current mom friends or family members that understand what you’re going through but depending on how old their kids are, they may be too far removed from what you’re experiencing to really empathize.
Mom friends keep you sane – When you are on the verge of breaking and losing your sanity and when you feel as if no matter what you do, you can’t keep up with it all, your mom friends will be there to lend reassurance that what you’re going through is perfectly normal. They may even be going through it as well. This won’t necessarily make things easier but it will help to lift up your spirits and your confidence and let you know that you are not alone. It will help you to feel less like a failure and more like the mom that you are. One who is probably trying her best and doing a really great job!
Mom friends will help keep your social life going – You probably don’t have the energy for clubbing and late nights anymore. Even if you can muster up the energy, you know that you’ll be miserable the next day when you have to be 100% for your kid or kids. Your mom friends get this, you don’t even have to explain anything to them. They will want to do social activities with you that will give you your fix while not overly exhausting you and won’t judge you for wanting to be home by 10 pm!
Mom friends won’t judge you – If you’ve got your true tribe, a group of relatable and honest women, you won’t have to preface conversations with phrases like “Don’t get me wrong…I love my kids” or “He’s such a good dad, but…” Your mom friends will understand that when you vent, you’re doing just that and will listen to your rant, co-sign when needed and probably join in on the venting and help you to not feel self-conscious about complaining or like you're being ungrateful.
Mom friends will help you problem solve – Every child is unique but they go through a lot of milestones at the same time. If you have friends with children around the same age, you’ll find that many times when you’re struggling with an issue like teething, sleep regression or toddler tantrums, they will be too. Two heads or three or however many are better than one and you can share tips and tricks that you’ve tried as well as brainstorm together for solutions. They can help take a lot of guesswork out of parenting. If it's a problem that you can't solve, they'll keep you company in your misery.
This does not mean that you have to completely abandon everyone in your friendship circle that isn't a mom. If you feel as if everyone in your current life supports you just fine, then appreciate those friends and latch on to their support. If, however, you've been feeling a little lonely and as if something is missing, you may benefit from adding some new friends into the mix as you evolve into your role as a mother!