Let’s be completely honest here.
Being a mom changes your life.
Not just inside the home, but outside too.
All of a sudden, you are saying, “bye” to
all the things you used to love doing,
because let’s be real, you can’t seem
to stay up past 9 pm these days.
While your friends are out till 2 am.
& mamas, when you finally find
a time to join your friends,
you realize you are rambling
about spit-ups and tantrums,
and your friends are looking at you
like you are speaking another language.
Yep, I have been there MANY times.
I am NOT saying you should say
good-bye to your friends, but maybe,
it’s time to find other mamas that
can relate and that understands the
m o t h e r h o o d
l a n g u a g e
90% of my friends do not
have kids and many of them
don’t want to have kids in their
future. So finding relatable friends
was really hard for me, especially
now that I am a mom.
So now the big question…
HOW AND WHERE
can you find mom friends?!
Here are some things that I have personally tried.
Sometimes they worked and sometimes they didn’t.
Sometimes, I would go to one
mommy and me class or a mom meet-up,
and I hated it, BUT it is important to try it
at least twice (or more) to give it a real chance.
That is my best advice 🙂
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MOM GROUPS + MOM CLUBS
• • how to find new mom friends • •
1. MOMMY AND ME CLASS
Whoever started this trend of Mommy and Me classes was brilliant! Because being a mom means being attached to the hip to your little babe, so we need these classes!
My favorite Mommy and Me classes has been
Mommy and Me Yoga and Mommy and Me Music Class.
These mommy and me classes are fun, especially because you get to learn and interact with your little babes and other moms and their little ones!
2. MOPS group
(moms of pre-schoolers)
THIS IS MY FAVORITE MOM GROUP!
Okay, don’t turn away because of the acronym. It initially started as moms of just preschoolers, but it has now expanded. Find out more on their website.
It is a faith based group. MOPs provides childcare, which I love, because us moms can come together in fellowship, grow in our faith, while our kids are having fun in childcare! (aka, we are not distracted from connecting with each other!)
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MOPS
▷ MOPs meet together about 1-2 times a month at their assigned church.
▷ They also have “optional” playdates with kids and mom dates about 1-2 a month too.
▷ MOPs is a nationwide group, so most likely, there is one near you!
▷MOPs is known to have waitlists, so sign up early!
I was on the waitlist for about 5 months.
▷ Most of the MOPs are hosted at local churches.
Note, that some churches might have a different feel for MOPs.
For example, one of my friends tried MOPs at a church,
and didn’t like it, but joined a different MOPs at another
church and just “vibed” and connected with it more.
Think how sororities are different at every college.
3. SOCIAL MEDIA MOMS
(LOCAL + NON-LOCAL)
This one may seem weird, but let’s be real. We are living in the world where we connect with many people through our phones via social media.
I have honestly connected with so many moms over social media!
I love seeing moms on Instagram, because it normalizes the ups and downs of motherhood. Especially, through our daily Instagram stories.
But how to do you find local moms on social media?!
Use those HASHTAGS!
(especially on Instagram)
I am based in Southern California, so the hashtags I normally look for on Instagram are #socalmom #ocmom #lamom #californiamom
Through those tags, I have found both local moms and mom groups near me! Such as… @socalmoms @lamommybloggers and many more.
Find Local Mom Facebook Groups
Search for mom groups on Facebook!
I would recommend searching either your city or nearest metropolitan city or county and then typing “mom.”
[city/county] + [moms]
For example: type in “Los Angeles Moms” or “Orange County Moms” in Facebook and you will see there are various mom groups!
I belong to at least 5 local mom groups in the area.
I love these groups because many of them have great recommendations for family fun activities and events in your community! Some of them also have meet-ups!
If you don’t happen to find any mom groups in your area…YOU can start one! My friend did that in Minnesota and it has grown so much. Many moms are so thankful for her for doing so, because now they can connect locally!
Also, many of these Facebook mom groups also have Instagram groups. So here is to connecting on two of the most popular social media platforms! Aka. our two favorite platforms on our phones 🙂
Here is an example of an AWESOME
local mom group that I absolutely
love and we met up for brunch recently!
Meet LA Mommy Blogger Tribe
I found this group via Instagram through one of the local hashtags I use, and then became a part of the group on Facebook!
I am so happy that we were able to get together over yummy brunch.
Thank you to Joe’s Cafe for hosting our brunch!
BIG SHOUTOUT to the owner and mama-to-be, Aliceon. She is the sweetest. Her and her husband have such a cute and yummy cafe that has been featured on Travel Channel!
Meeting the moms from LA Mommy Blogger Tribe
was what we all needed. It was refreshing to talk
other mamas going through similar things.
Brunch was full of laughs, smiles, and happy tummies!
H I G H L Y • R E C O M M E N D
↟ Ojan’s Junk↟
(featured in Travel Channel)
4. Peanut App
p/c: Peanut App
Peanut App is so great!
Think Tinder, but Tinder for moms to meet other moms!
It matches you up with local moms near you that share similarities.
You swipe up and down to indicate if you are interested in talking to a mom. If that mom also “likes” you, the Peanut App will connect you two and you can message each other.
(previously called Stroller Strides)
Fit4Mom awesome group that allows you to meet other moms AND help you get back to your pre-pregnancy body, with your little one(s) in their stroller!
I’m going to be honest with you. This is the FIRST group I joined…and I regret that, because it kicked my butt!!
I had a c-section and recovery was brutal for me. I was on bedrest for nearly 2 months. I pushed myself because I felt guilty for being on bedrest, so I joined Fit4Mom right after.
My body definitely needed more time to rest and recover. I am planning to get back into Fit4Mom! I highly recommend this group, because it is moms with similar fitness goals like you.
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I hope you enjoyed my top 5 ways to make new mom friends!
I know there are a lot more different ways to join fun mom groups and meet awesome moms. I am curious…
What was your favorite
way to meet new
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