Free shipping on all orders over $75🎄

I was sitting at the beach with a friend, watching our almost 2-year-old kids play at the edge of the water when we noticed a little boy interacting with our children.

As we watched the kids dig holes and laugh together, I noticed a young mom sitting on her own not far from us. I realized it was the little boy’s mom.

I invited her to join us.

She told us her name was Molly and her family had just moved into the neighborhood. She didn’t know anyone in the area, so she was happy to make new friends. It made me feel sad because I knew how tough it could be to make new friends as an adult and especially as a busy mom.

Thinking back to that day brings happy tears to my eyes as that was the beginning of a beautiful friendshipnot only between us but our boys as well.

Fast forward 19 years and we have been through so much—the birth of Molly’s daughter, breakdowns of relationships, the death of her dad, the failure of my business, my breast cancer, moves to different locations and so much more.

Despite, what life threw at us, we always stayed in touch even though at times we lived far apart and didn’t see each other for many months.

RELATED: Good, Long Distance Friendship is Hard But So Worth it

Our boys made new friends in their respective schools and somewhat lost touch over the years. When they were 12 years old, we caught up at Molly’s new home. At first, the boys were a little quiet as they hadn’t seen each other for a long time and didn’t know what to say, but that awkwardness didn’t last long and they picked up where they left off. And since then they have been best friends.  

Jordan and Finn were born 10 days apart, and this year we celebrated their 21st birthday at the same spot where we met all those years ago.

Being a (single) mom is not easy, and it can be even harder to make friends. Despite this, friendship and community are important for all moms to have. 

Having friends provides support when it comes to parenting-related stress, questions, and struggles. Friends can provide advice on how to navigate through the ups and downs of motherhood. 

Friends can help provide distraction and a social outlet during challenging times. Building meaningful relationships with others helps lift your mood and alleviate depression or anxiety that might come along with motherhood. Friends act as sounding boards for ideas, frustrations, and overall feelings about parenting.

But where do you meet new friends if you suddenly find yourself newly single, in a new neighborhood, or if your friends are at different stages of life?

RELATED: Moms, Can You Make Room in Your Circle For One More Friend?

Here are some suggestions to get you started:

Join a local parent support groupthese can provide a great opportunity to meet and connect with other moms who are sharing similar experiences. 

Attend community events or join community groupsthese can be great places to make new friends and build relationships with people who have similar values. 

Visit a playground or parktaking the kids to play in an outdoor area can open up opportunities for conversation while giving you the chance to relax and enjoy some time with your children. 

Get involved in activities that interest youjoin a book club or take up an exercise class. You’ll get to share something in common with others here and could even find potential friends who are on the same journey as you. 

Participate in online forumsthere are many online forums dedicated to moms where you can discuss parenting issues, socialize, and make connections with other moms who share your struggles and triumphs.

Friendships are essential to the growth and well-being of moms and single moms. Through meaningful connections, moms can find emotional support, encouragement, and understanding. Not only do these relationships provide comfort and strength during difficult times, but they also help foster self-confidence and appreciation for one’s worth as an individual.

So God Made a Mother book by Leslie Means

If you liked this, you'll love our new book, SO GOD MADE A MOTHER available now!

Order Now

Ivana Katz

Ivana Katz is a website designer and travel blogger. Having her own business has given her the freedom to explore the world. She believes travel is the best teacher and her passion for adventure, writing, and photography have taken her and her son to some amazing places, including Hawaii, Canada, Fiji, Greece, and Czech Republic. Ivana’s favorite thing about traveling is learning, discovering hidden gems, and creating memories. She loves nothing more than inspiring other women to chase their dreams and explore the world with their families and friends.  For more information visit - @AdventureHQ - AdventureHQTravel

It’s Hard (But Worth it) to Make Mom Friends

In: Friendship, Motherhood
mom friends, friendship, motherhood, making friends,

When you are young, no one prepares you for the harsh reality of adulthood: It’s really stinkin’ hard to make friends. And, no, I’m not talking about the loosely associated ones who like your power, or your house, or your reputation. I’m talking middle-of-the-night phone calls. I’m talking spill your guts out and they’ll love you anyway. I’m talking caring for your kids as their own. The thing is, there is no way for us to see it in college—much less high school. There are dozens and dozens of people around us for most of our waking hours: Dorms Parties...

Keep Reading

Life is Too Short for Fake Cheese and Fake Friends

In: Friendship, Journal, Relationships
fake friends, friendship, true friends, fake friends quotes, motherhood, women,

I’ve been an extrovert my entire life. I make small talk with the cashier at the grocery store. I’ll chat with my Uber driver on the way to the airport. I’ll start a conversation with the dad standing off to the side at a soccer game or the mom sitting alone at the PTA meeting. I just find it’s easier to get through this life if you’re pleasant. And because I’m a joiner, I have a diverse circle of mom friends from all walks of life. I think it’s important to open yourself up to different perspectives and life opportunities....

Keep Reading

4 Un-Lame Ways to Make More Mom Friends

In: Journal, Relationships
4 Un-Lame Ways to Make More Mom Friends

  Six years ago after the birth of my son, I was severely lacking in the friendship department. All of my friends were either living far away or were single. There weren’t many moms I could confide in and I racked my brain to try to think of ways to meet other moms.   I tried to join a local mom’s group which consisted of me, the group leader, and two ladies who were already best friends.   Nothing came from this and I left the group feeling more lonely than I started. That feeling stayed with me until I...

Keep Reading