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To build up your tribe, go where other parents are and pursue connections without heavy expectations. Pablo Rochat.
By Lyz Lenz. The birth of my second child threw my world into chaos. I went from being a working parent of one manageable child to a stay-at-home mom with a toddler and an infant.
I felt alone, and my nipples ached while I cleaned poop off the floor. What I needed was a friend. You both seem to need friends. I never went out with her sister. But by continuing to make my neediness known and asking moms online and offline out for dates, I did find my friends and I stopped bragging to my toddler about my degrees. Study after study show that people with strong friendships are happier, healthier and more satisfied with their lives.
Additionally, friendships are a relief valve for the pressure of other roles in our liveslike parenthood. Finding parent friends can be just as fraught and unnerving as dating, so I spoke to two authors who wrote books about parenting and friendship, and to parents from all over the country, about how to find new friends as a parent. She advises that parents stick close to home — try meeting local parents at a park or pool, or even a mall playground close to you. Michael Auteri, a New Jersey-based father of a toddler, met his best dad friend on the bus commuting into New York City.
They saw each other every day, so Auteri struck up a conversation about a book the other dad was reading. One thing led to another: Now, they meet at least once a month at a park with their kids in tow. Dale advises starting a conversation with a fellow mom by giving her a compliment, something about her child or clothes or ability to calmly handle a tantrum. But you may be able to bond over negativity, too: I met a mom friend when my son was an infant and I was breastfeeding at a park.
Dale also encourages parents to initiate contact without expectations.
Online parenting groups can be miserable, with in-fighting and passive aggressive comments, but they can also be an amazing way to find your tribe. You can search Facebook Groups for parent groups in your neighborhood. Even in my small Iowa town, there are hundreds of groups organized by interests ranging from yoga to a favorite TV show to cloth diapering. Meetup also has meetings organized for parents filtered out by interests.
My local baby store has a Facebook group for parents in the area and regularly hosts meetups at the store. Most online groups will come with scheduled events and playdates that make it easier for you to take initiative.
Try to find groups that reflect your personality. If you are low-key and jokey, filter through groups for that tone. My youngest toddled over to another toddler, and they started playing. So I talked to the mom of the other. When kids are little, before the blessed drop-off playdates begin, Bertsche recommends meeting at a neutral third-party location, where kids can play and parents can talk.
Go to a playground and then to coffee. Or the zoo and then lunch. Or pack a picnic and go to a concert in the park. It also makes it easier to leave if the interaction is going south. For Dale, first base is the awkward small talk at the park. Second base is the initial playdate at a neutral location. Third base is a playdate at home.
And a home run is when you hit it off and start meeting without children around. Raquel Reyes lives in Miami and said that every parent she meets seems to cycle in and out of the city, which makes keeping and maintaining friendships hard.
She met a group of good parent friends by volunteering at her local Unitarian Universalist church. They keep in touch by scheduling monthly lunches and checking in weekly on a WhatsApp group chat. The initial desperation to create new parent friendships is just a phase like teething.
Give yourself some kindness. Eventually you will find your people.
And making good friendships takes time. Researchers at the University of Kansas found that it takes about 50 hours of time together to go from acquaintance to casual friend, 90 hours to move from casual friend to friend and hours to move from friend to good friend.
She lives in Iowa with her two. Supported by. What To Do Start close to home. Make the first conversational move. Let your kids do the talking. Host a playdate outside your house. Accept that not every relationship is built to last. Put in the effort to maintain new friendships. Start close to home.New to the city friends other moms
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