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By Grace Montgomery
There’s nothing better than a mom friend. Who else will really want to hear about your baby’s latest blowout or overlook that spit-up down your back? A fellow mama will simply hand you a tissue and continue the conversation. But how do you find other parents? And once you find them, how do you sort the potential lifelong pals from the mommy mean girls? Here are nine tips to help you find kindred spirits in the parenting sphere.
Go to the Library
Try Non-traditional Venues
Have Something to Say
Prioritize “Mom Time”
Whether it’s a science fair project or a ride to soccer practice, your kid will always demand your time—so it’s critical to pencil in time for yourself, and stick to it. Friendships require effort away from kids to establish a lasting bond. Denise Cortes, who writes about raising her six kids on her blog Pearmama, agrees. “Make sure your friendship isn't centered around your kids only,” she says. “The minute your kids grow apart, so will your friendship.”
Be a Good Friend
Approaching a potential new friend may feel like a first date—uncomfortable and a little scary. But isn’t it worth one awkward moment for a friendship that can last a lifetime?
Finding great gal pals can make parenting much more fun—but what about the moms who never grew out of catty high school behavior? Find out how to handle the mean moms here.