Do you want to know how to make mom friends? It sounds easy until you throw in work, schedules, sports, church, etc. There just isn’t enough time in the day to cram in one more thing.
If you are an introvert, making new mom friends can feel like going to the dentist…naked. There is this feeling of pain and exposure all at once.
If you have been burned by other moms in the past, you might be thinking, “What do I say?” or “Will they like me and my child? Others of you may be thinking, ” I don’t have time for other people’s drama. The last time I tried making friends, the mom dumped her kids on me…”
This may be why you struggle to make mom friends easily. The good news is there is hope, I have done all the work for you. I have 19 easy ways to show you how to make mom friends that last.
These tips have worked for me (an introvert), so I know they will work for you too. You’ve got this. Take a deep breath and relax. Making new friends as a mom is supposed to be fun! It’s time to push yourself. Chances are there is a mom feeling the exact same way do. You just need to connect.
Why Do We Need Mom Friends?
Some of you may wonder why you need mom friends. I get that, but eventually, you may get lonely. Before you ditch the idea, consider the long-term effects if you don’t put yourself out there.
Consider making mom friends for these reasons:
1. Mom friends not only give you companionship, but it is also good for your kids too. Your kids need people outside the home to play with and practice their social skills so they will be school-ready.
2, Mom friends are a great resource for parenting. I can’t tell you how many times I have learned about a great product, discipline tactics, or fun parenting ideas because I was around other moms.
3. Mom friends are important for encouragement and moral support. There is nothing like another mom to be there for you in good and bad times. No one understands more than another woman who is going through some of the same things as you.
Don’t discount meeting new moms. They will help you keep your sanity through some of the toughest years of your life. If you are an introvert, I get it. It may be a little harder to take a risk, but once you learn how to make mom friends, it’s worth it!
How Can An Introvert Make Mom Friends?
As a die-hard introvert, I struggled with how to make mom friends. I am embarrassed to say that I was too scared to go to MOPS at our church. I didn’t know if the women would be nice to me.
Truthfully, I was scared of rejection. I struggled with friendships because I didn’t want to risk getting hurt.
After a while, I got so lonely I decided rejection was better than not trying. I kept repeating, “If you want a friend, you have to be a friend.”
If you are tired of being alone, make the first move. Start making plans with mom friends once a week. That way it is not overwhelming. And you can slowly decide if you want to continue.
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How Do Stay at Home Moms Make Friends?
Here are 19 ways to help you start making mom friends. These tips are things I did when my kids were younger, and they worked.
Today, I have friends at church, in the neighborhood, at school, and in social groups. Making mom friends in different circles has been helpful with carpooling, kids’ activities, spiritual support, and just being social.
If you want to know how to make mom friends, check out these easy tips:
1. Attend events in your local neighborhood. Many neighborhoods do Easter egg hunts, Christmas parties, or some other holiday celebration. Make sure you get the phone numbers of other moms while you are there so you can call them later.
2. Go to your neighborhood park. Strike up a conversation with some of the moms. Ask to meet for a playdate at the park again, and then eventually, at your home. This is one of the best ways to make mom friends in your neighborhood.
3. Join a Sunday School class for young marrieds or single moms. Get to know the moms in class and then venture outside of class.
4. Join a prayer group with other young moms. Prayer unites friends rather quickly. This is how to make mom friends who are Christians.
5. Take walks in your neighborhood with your kids. Stop and talk to the other families when you go on a walk. This is how to make friends as a new mom.
6. Form a group. Put together a mom’s night out in your neighborhood. Advertise on the Nextdoor App or another social media platform. This is how to make friends as a single mom or married.
7. Be a room mom at your child’s school. This is how to make mom friends at your child’s school.
8. Volunteer at school in the lunchroom, library, or PTA. This is how to make mom friends as an introvert. Just show up at a neutral place and engage with people.
9. Invite lots of kids and parents to your child’s birthday party. Take time to visit with the moms and even ask if they will help you serve cake or some other small task.
10. Go to birthday parties with your kids and visit with the moms. Ask the hostess if you can help. Working alongside someone is a how to make mom friends that last.
11. Join a group. Attend a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group near you. There are other groups such as stroller walking groups, exercise groups for moms, etc. This is how to make mom friends in your city.
12. Go to sports/dance practice and wait with the other moms. Talk with other moms. It is an easy way to develop a relationship over time without pressure.
13. Have the neighborhood kids over and include the moms. This is a fun way to get to know the whole family on an impromptu basis. Offer ice cream and then sit outside and watch the kids play.
14. Host a block party for the families in your neighborhood. Ask other moms to help you organize the party so they buy into the idea and have ownership.
15. Join a Bible study with other young moms (I recommend BSF). This is how to make mom friendships that will be lifelong spiritual encouragers.
16. Join or create a babysitting club within your church group or neighborhood. This is a great way for your kids and you to have a night out for free.
17. Volunteer at your place of worship in the pre-school or elementary age area. Meet other parents who are also volunteering. This is how to make mom friends at church.
18. Use Mom apps to connect with other moms. Yes, there is a meet moms app to meet local moms. I have not personally used this method so I would love some comments in the section below on how this has worked for you. This is how to make mom friends in a new city.
19. Join a Facebook group. I have one called Christian Family Living. I would love for you to join right now! This is how to make mom friends online.
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Why Is It Hard to Make Mom Friends?
Making mom friends is hard because it takes time. It is like dating. You have to not only think about yourself but also consider if it is a good match for your child. Don’t immediately forge into a fast and furious friendship with another mom. You may find that her child is a hellion or your kids act horribly together.
I suggest you get to know the other mom well before you start swapping kids. Her parenting style may be very different than yours. It is good to watch how she disciplines her kids when she is with you. That will tell you a lot about how she is going to treat your child when you are not there.
Making friends as a mom is also hard because you are looking for safe people who will love you and your child. Once you do find mom friends, hold them close because they are a precious relationship worth keeping.
How do you make mom friends? Comment below, and tell me how the mom apps have worked for you!
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