Finding Mom Friends as a Stay-at-Home Mom
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It’s easy to feel isolated as a stay-at-home mom. Being stuck inside with napping or sick kids, barely being able to get a shower (thank goodness for dry shampoo!), let alone get dressed… I get it! It wasn’t too long ago that my husband Keith left for work for months at a time. I was at home alone with baby Emma. I didn’t have many friends, and I was in a really low place. Finding some mom friends to pull me up out of my loneliness and depression changed my perspective (and my life!).
That feeling of loneliness and isolation is real, and it’s not something you can just brush off. If you’re feeling isolated, or just having trouble finding mom friends, here are my best tips for where to find them!
Family & Neighbors
Find some people who are already close to you that have kids! This might be some cousins you haven’t spoken to in a few years. Or maybe some neighbors you haven’t introduced yourself to yet. That’s okay – you both have kids! Parents (especially us mamas) can talk about our kids forever. Strike up a conversation about them!
Church is a great place to find moms just like you. In fact, my best mom friends were made at church! Talk to other parents picking up at your kid’s Sunday school class, or that mom who’s always struggling with her newborn in the service. Give her some encouragement – maybe you have a story that will make her laugh!
Playground or Park
Starting a conversation at the playground is a great way to find mom friends who you know live nearby. Especially if you see them more than once! Pro tip: comment on how cute her daughter’s jacket is and ask where she got it (even though you already know the answer is Target!) – it’s a great conversation starter!
My city has multiple Facebook groups filled with moms asking for advice and playdates. I even started one myself! I’ve made my closest friends here from that group. It might feel a little weird meeting someone in person that you met online. But chances are they’re probably feeling the same way! So many of us moms are desperate for adult conversations and playmates for our kids. If you’re really nervous, meet up at a park instead of a stranger’s house.
If none of these tips have worked for you or you live in a remote area, having some mom friends online is better than nothing! However you meet, checking in often and sharing your hilarious or trying mom-stories will make you feel better and fill your cup.
Isolation can be so sneaky for us SAHMs. Get out there and make an effort to find some mom friends who are in your boat. Your life will be brighter for it!
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