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Mom Friends

Yes. I Do Know.

Shari Medini | Posted 12.08.2014 | 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 12.01.2014 | 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 11.24.2014 | 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 11.24.2014 | 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.

When Mom Friends Grow Apart: Breakups, Bullying and Healing

Carrie Goldman | Posted 07.16.2013 | Parents
Carrie Goldman

Let me clarify -- it is not bullying if someone simply chooses not to hang out with you. There is no doubt that it feels awful, but it is part of the natural ebb and flow of social cliques.

When Kids End the Friendship But Parents Hang On

GalTime | Posted 04.24.2013 | Parents
GalTime

You miss the camaraderie you shared with the other parent. You now find yourself wondering if the relationship that felt so real was actually just one born out of convenience. Should you move on and let your mom-friendship continue to fray, or should you try to reclaim the relationship?

How to Scare Off Mommy Mean Girls

Shannon Sutherland | Posted 04.15.2013 | Parents
Shannon Sutherland

I am here to tell you that you don't need mom friends. Because the last thing you want to do after spending the whole day changing your baby's diapers is spend the whole night listening to your friend complain about changing her baby's diapers.

5 Reasons I'm in Awe of Military Moms

Laura Rossi Totten | Posted 03.12.2013 | Parents
Laura Rossi Totten

During the last two years, I have had the privilege of making many new military mom friends. I have been so inspired by these incredible women -- their flexibility, their bravery, their loyalty, their commitment and their toughness.

Band of Mothers

Lisa Lori | Posted 01.20.2013 | Parents
Lisa Lori

hese women may be invisible in the anals of history but their strength and kindness will live on through their extraordinary families.

The One Thing That Kept A New Mom From Falling Apart

Kelle Hampton | Posted 06.05.2012 | Parents
Kelle Hampton

Although I might not have known it, my heart began its healing process the moment my eyes met Nella's for the first time.

Preschool Peer Pressure: Yes, I Only Have One Child

Jessica Berger Gross | Posted 01.08.2012 | Parents
Jessica Berger Gross

When my son was two and all the other mothers were remembering to have a second, I was still exhausted (and breastfeeding) and wanting to find time to write and think and sit down for a minute.

Bad Boy Mommies: Why I Want To Be Their Friend So Badly

Dani Klein Modisett | Posted 01.03.2012 | Parents
Dani Klein Modisett

I choose female friends the way other people choose tennis partners. You know, always play with someone better than you are. To improve your game. I instinctively home in on women who appear smarter, more accomplished and more together than me.