If you are a stay-at-home mom, you may crave time with other adults. One way to get that adult time is to start spending time with other moms. However, it’s hard to meet other moms and stalking your neighbors with children is not likely to produce positive results. So what can you do?Search websites such as Facebook and Meetup for local mom groups. If you just search for your city or county name along with the word moms or kids, you will probably find two or three groups dedicated to getting moms together. From there you can start attending play dates, visiting kid-friendly attractions and maybe even participating in some moms’ nights out.
If connecting with random strangers online is a little scary for you, look for local groups. Join a music class such as those offered by Kindermusik or Gymboree and ask some of the other moms there if they would be interested in regular play dates. Find a local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group, usually offered through churches, and take some time to chat with other moms and learn some new parenting strategies.
Even if you are not the most outgoing person, don’t be shy. Most moms are willing to set up play dates and spend time chatting with other moms, but they need to be asked. If you notice a neighbor has kids your age, strike up a conversation and invite her and her kids over for coffee. If your child gets along well with a particular child at the play date, ask the mom if you can meet there again the next week. By speaking up, you may find yourself meeting other moms and your children may make a few new friends.