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Why We Need to Talk to Strangers

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 03.18.2015 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Minding your own business (or calling the cops) is fine, knocking on a stranger's door or helping someone else's kid off the jungle gym is creepy. What has become of us?

Two Words For The Mom Who Sent Her Kid To School With No Socks Today

Kathy Radigan | Posted 03.17.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

We moms can be so hard on ourselves, and, in turn, so hard on one another. I realized then and there that sometimes the nicest thing we can do for each other is just be human.

When Moms Bond

Lisa Sadikman | Posted 03.05.2015 | Parents
Lisa Sadikman

We look at each other and laugh and that's all it takes for the floodgates to open. She has three kids; I have three kids. We both worked in offices before having children and now stay at home. We're both killing time with our toddlers, wondering how we'll fill the next three hours.

Motherhood, Friendship and Swimming in the Weeds

Christine Organ | Posted 03.02.2015 | Parents
Christine Organ

With two young boys, there is no question that my husband and I are in the thick of it. And so are most of our friends. We are in a beautiful, yet sometimes overwhelming, season of life.

7 Ways To Make Mom Friends, Or How To Be The Weird Mom

Wendy Bradford | Posted 02.20.2015 | Parents
Wendy Bradford

I have found that "#$@%, I was close to putting the kids out on the street with nothing but a bag of Oreos this morning," weeds out the women who can't stomach cursing or hyperbole. (This also weeds out moms who will judge your breakfast food choices.)

How to Stay Close With Friends Who Don't Have Kids

Mommy Nearest | Posted 02.18.2015 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

If you'd like to keep your friendships strong with your friends who don't have kids (and you should!), here's some advice to follow.

6 Fellow Moms Who've Taught Me Lessons Of Love

Jessica Dimas | Posted 02.06.2015 | Parents
Jessica Dimas

Throughout our lives, we meet people who influence us. Some of the best lessons I've learned have been from fellow moms. Here are six moms I'm thankful for.

9 Mom Friends You Don't Need

Elizabeth Broadbent | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Elizabeth Broadbent

Sometimes, amidst the coffee cups and barf-stained yoga pants at the playground, you meet your mom BFF. And sometimes, well -- sometimes, it's the opposite.

Yes. I Do Know.

Shari Medini | Posted 02.07.2015 | Parents
Shari Medini

They know that you felt obligated to go to the park because it was 65 degrees in November. They know that you would rather be at home (or more honestly, in bed).

When Friendship Is Lost

Kathy Radigan | Posted 01.31.2015 | Women
Kathy Radigan

Something about the way Dave had said she was doing well let me know that all my unreturned phone calls, the quick greetings and the explanations that she had to run but would call me right back had nothing to do with her increased hours at work, her dad or anything else. It was me.

The 5 Types of Friends All Women Need

Angela Keck | Posted 01.24.2015 | Women
Angela Keck

Every one of us needs that one friend who knows more about any given subject than we do. If you need advice on parenting, on cooking, on finding a mate or balancing your bank statement, this is the friend to call.

Moms Need Friends, Too

Karen Cordano | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
Karen Cordano

I tried to play it cool around her, didn't want her to know that I was in desperate friend-love with her. On Facebook I wrote frequent, obsessively creepy status updates chronicling my quest to awkwardly befriend her.

'Moms' Night Out, Kill Me Now'

The Next Family | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
The Next Family

I need this. Solving world and relationship problems and drinking too many Very Dry and Very Dirty Martinis with Extra Olives and wearing heels with something low-cut in a non-nursing tank kind of way. I need all of that. The mom part of me needs to take a back seat for a night.

8 Things To Remember When You're About To Judge Another Parent

CT Working Moms | Posted 12.13.2014 | Parents
CT Working Moms

Just because we parent differently doesn't mean one of us is wrong. In the end, we all want what's best for our families, so why not support one another in that pursuit?

10 Ways You Can Actually Help When A Friend Has A New Baby

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 11.23.2014 | Parents
Samantha Rodman PhD

Speak loudly in her husband's earshot about how little sex you have had since the birth of the kids. This may get him off your friend's case if he happens to think she's the only one with no sex drive. Also mention how much your husband helped out with the baby. Lie if necessary.

Making New Mom Friends is Like Trying to Pick Up a Guy

Lauren Cormier | Posted 10.29.2014 | Parents
Lauren Cormier

She catches your eye across the playground. She has a cute haircut and is wearing those sandals you've been eying. The kid she's pushing in the swing appears to be about the same age and gender as the one you chase around on a daily basis. This woman is worth further inspection.

A Different Kind of 'Kvelling'

Nancy L. Wolf | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents
Nancy L. Wolf

Kvelling gets a bit trickier as your kids get older. Especially if your kid happens not to be on the do-not-pass-go direct path from high school to early admission to the elite college of their choice, and then on to a top grad school or impressive first job.

Playground Speed Dating

Sarah Fader | Posted 05.07.2014 | Parents
Sarah Fader

It turns out that I've been involved in a similar activity to speed dating and I didn't even realize it: Playground speed dating!

The Do's and Don'ts of Online Mom Friendships

Jessica Smock | Posted 03.10.2014 | Parents
Jessica Smock

If you share the fact that your toddler pooped repeatedly during nap time, wait for a reply. If you're met with awkward silence and a swift subject change, retreat! If, however, she responds with, "OMG! Mine smeared poop all over the crib today!", then you're golden.

Why Every Non-Parent Needs a Friend With a Baby

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Valerie Tejeda

As a non-parent, it's easy to get wrapped up in yourself on a daily basis, so being reminded from time to time that you are not the center of the universe is welcomed and beneficial.

An Instant Family Through Tragedy

Alissa Parker | Posted 12.23.2013 | Parents
Alissa Parker

On December 14, I sat in a firehouse surrounded by large group of concerned parents all wanting to know where our missing children were. I didn't know any of them. I didn't know that I would form a bond with this group of strangers that would forever connect us through tragedy.

My 2-Year-Old Has No Friends

Lisa Sadikman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Lisa Sadikman

When Lilah turned 1, I realized that she had no friends of her own. Not that a 1-year-old really has friends, but moms of 1-year-olds are usually friends with moms of other 1-year-olds. Not me.

Adventures in Mom Dating

Rachel Levy Lesser | Posted 11.10.2013 | Parents
Rachel Levy Lesser

I heard whispers in the aisles of the supermarket and the pediatrician's waiting room. "Take a music class, browse around the bookstore or check out the baby gym." Apparently, there was an entire underground mom scene. I had no idea. They don't tell you at your 20-week ultrasound.

Moms Need Mom Friends: 5 Qualities To Look For

Caitlin Fisch | Posted 10.21.2013 | Parents
Caitlin Fisch

I never want to be oversharing with every mom at the swingset, but when I have allowed myself to be open, honest, and real with my friends, our relationships always grow more fulfilling.

The Story I Needed To Hear On A Horrible Parenting Day

Devon Corneal | Posted 09.17.2013 | Parents
Devon Corneal

My friend reframed my day. Not by telling me to ignore what had happened, or to "give myself a break" or to "move on." Instead, she put that day in a timeline of a thousand other days, some full of gardening and caring for our neighbors and others full of impatience and crap.