How to Make New Mom Friends: Strategies to Find Your Tribe
Being socially distant doesn't have to mean being isolated. This is how you can make mom friends during the pandemic.
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Try good old-fashioned texting. If home life is too hectic right now to find 60 consecutive minutes to devote to socializing, texting can still provide you with camaraderie. Maybe you just want to know that someone else is up feeding the baby at 2am, or that you weren’t the only one who lost it when your kids demanded snack number 17 before lunch. A group text can be a quick, convenient way to reach out when you need some mom-to-mom connection.
Host a watch party. If it’s going to the movies with friends that you miss, or you’re simply looking for an easily shared activity, watching films or shows together, while apart, is simple to do. You can use Netflix party to invite multiple friends to watch along, with a chat running alongside the screen. Alternatively, you can share a screen via Zoom or Google Meet. Simply counting down from three and pressing play at the same time or planning to watch the same TV show as it airs also does the trick. Chat, talk, or just enjoy each other's company while you watch.
Get outside. The warm summer days of picnics on blankets spaced 6 feet apart may be over (at least for a few months), but even in cooler weather you can still make time to be with friends outdoors. To stay warm, get on the move! Organize a stroller walk or a mom’s run club, or bundle up the little ones and take a group hike on a nearby trail.
It can feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to make and keep social connections, but the rewards are well worth the effort. You get to feel less isolated, and at the same time you are modeling healthy friendships for your children. The whole family benefits when your reserves, and sense of humor, have been restored.