Making friends as a single mom
Are you feeling lonely? Parenting can be overwhelming. It’s so easy to let your kids take over your life. We all want to be the best parent we can be, but we also need to make sure we’re taking care of our own needs.
Did you ever wake up and realize you don’t have any/many friends?
Did you ever decide to go somewhere and realize that you don’t have anyone to go with?
Maybe your friends have moved away. Or you have slowly been losing touch with your friends.
Different life stages
Or maybe you have friends, but you’re at a different stage in life than they are. This can make it difficult to hang out. It might even make conversation difficult.
Where to meet new friends
- Meet other moms while dropping off/picking up kids at school.
- Talk to other parents of kids who are on the same sports teams or other groups your kids participate in.
- When younger kids start playing with other kids at parks or other public places, strike up a conversation with their parents.
- Linger just a little longer at church or other events.
- Be active in your community. Take your kids to community events and be open to meeting people while you’re out.
- Join a gym and talk to other parents there.
- Start a hobby or take classes. There are often other moms there who also need to get away and would love a friend with similar hobbies.
- Find friends in your neighborhood.
- If your kids are younger, start a playgroup in your area.
- Start a friendship with colleagues at work who have similar interests.
- Find local Meetups or singles events. Sure, you might find a date or two, but if not, there’s always the chance of meeting a good friend.
How to find friends as an adult
- Be friendly. A smile goes a long way.
- Get to know parents of your kid’s friends.
- Invite people over. Get out of your comfort zone and invite people into your home for dinner or even a game night.
- Be open to invites. Expand your horizons and try new things.
- When you do meet new moms, share your contact info with them and suggest meeting up.
- Find friends with things in common and who fit into your life.
- Find groups on Social Media and setup up group meetups.
Finding new friends is similar to dating
Finding new friends can be similar to dating, but usually the pressure isn’t quite as intense. Put yourself out there an meet new people.
How to Find Time for Friends
It can be more difficult to find friends as our kids get older
Once your kids are teens (and older) you’ll find yourself alone more and more often, but often with less people to really confide in.
Don’t isolate yourself. You are important and it’s a must for you to have your needs met so that you can be there more fully for your children.
How do you meet new friends as a mom?
Share ways that you have met new friends as a parent in the comments below.