You see moms with their children everywhere — at the park, the grocery store, out for walks — all over the place, right? So why is it that I feel as though when I’m one of those moms at the park, or library story time, that I’m the odd one out? It seems as though when you become a mother, the making-friends scene gets tricky. Women need friendships in their lives, so what is it that makes finding down-to-earth mom-friends so difficult?
I’ve noticed age can be a factor in creating a distance between moms (not always, but often times it seems to be this way). I sometimes feel as though the thirty-something moms don’t approach me since I look SO young (being 4’10 definitely has its disadvantages). There’s also differences in parenting strategies and children’s ages that can deter moms from becoming friends. Or maybe that new mom at the park is tired from round the clock feedings and is perceived as grumpy. Or maybe, they’re just like I am and a little apprehensive to walk up to a group of strangers and strike up a conversation. These are all things I wonder when I feel like the odd mom out.
Have you had troubles making “mom friends” since you became a mother? Or have you been successful in cultivating new friendships? Share your experiences with us!