STRUGGLING WITH FINDING MOM FRIENDS? CHECK OUT THESE PLACES!
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Making new friends as an adult is hard. It is also difficult when you move to a new country, far away from family, and friendships you’ve built over the years. It is even more difficult when you have a child, and your priorities then become so different. This was one thing that concerned me a lot about moving to a new country. Mr.O, on the other hand, doesn’t have that many friends so he was not able to help me much. Lol. If you’re in this situation presently, I think I just might have some suggestions for you. These helped me. I have put down a list of how I was able to make new mom friends, as well as get support from other mamas like me in my community.
My local library has storytime for the kiddos according to their age groups (Babies, Toddlers, Preschool). There are also other library groups that you can join and this is really helpful in finding mom friends with kids in the same age group as yours. Check-in with your local library for events happening in the library. Storytime is also offered at some Barnes and Noble Stores, as well as community centers.
Facebook Mom Groups
It’s funny how when Instagram became popular, I kinda stopped using Facebook. I remember I would tease my parents and tell them I had left facebook for them. I was the ‘new generation’ and Instagram was the trending social media platform. All that has changed now that I have a little one. Search for mom groups within your area and you’d be glad you did. Facebook has been super-helpful especially with meeting moms in my area, finding daycares, nannies, schools, houses, doctors,… the list is endless. It is also great for planning mom hangouts.
The Peanut app is so dear to me. I call it the ‘Tinder’ app for moms because you literally swipe through. Lol. I also met my closest friend on this app. Needless to say, this app was God sent to me. You can also join groups relating to specific interests. It also gives you the opportunity to find moms in your neighborhood with kids in the same age group as yours. I have met some amazing moms on this app and also had playdates with them. All you have to do is download it on your app store, get your profile running and you’re on your way to meet your new neighborhood bestie.
Mommy and Me Classes
These days there are so many classes you and your little ones can sign up to. For Jidenna and I, we signed up for classes at The Little Gym. It was so much fun because the classes are tailored to the ages of your kids. You also get to chat with other mamas while your little ones are having fun developing new skills. I met some amazing moms in this class and we have planned other play dates outside of class. Please see below links for other mommy and me classes you can sign up to:
This is another great place to meet new mom friends especially during dropoff and pick up. They usually also have events/volunteer opportunities that parents can sign up for.
There is no better place to meet other moms than church. Some churches have smaller connect groups that meet outside of the regular church services. I recently joined a connect group in my church for moms with little kids and I must confess that I have met some of the most amazing people from there.
This is a community of moms who come together to encourage and support each other. It was originally for mothers of preschoolers but has now expanded to include moms with other kids. Click here to find a list of MOPS groups in your area.
So how do you meet your mom friends? We’d love to hear how you did. Please share your comments below!