Welcome to Mom Motivation Mondays where weekly contributing writers share their motherhood experiences to encourage you to find the joy in being a mom.
{This week: Guest Post by Lisa Brown}

Wanted: Mom Friends! Do you find it hard to make mom friends? Making friends as a mom can be hard work, yet we often feel we need friends to help us through motherhood.

There have been seasons in my life where I have had more time on my own than with friends or family.  Friends move away or life gets busy. Disagreements happen and hearts are broken. High school friends graduated and went different directions.  In my twenties my college and church friends got married and had babies.  I stayed single. In my thirties my friends were the people I worked with.

I was forty when God brought me my amazing husband.  At age forty-two we both became parents for the first time.  My circle of friends at that time did not include other new moms. I did not have mom friends.

While friends were at work or doing activities with their older kids, I was a stay at home mom holding my precious baby in my lap, rocking him to sleep with tears running down my cheeks. I felt alone because there was no other mom around me in the same boat.

I went to parks and saw parents in their twenties visiting with each other while they pushed their toddlers on the swings.  I knew of moms that had siblings with children close to the same age as their children, so family time was their social time.  On holidays and weekends their kids had friends to play with. Mine didn’t.

When my first child was four months old, I worried that he was not going to have any friends, and it was going to be all my fault.  

I felt disappointed that I had no mom friends to call over for a cup of coffee and small talk.  I was sad when I had no one to celebrate those special momma moments with.  I felt like I was a bad mom and I had no one to share my concerns with.

I was exhausted from sleep deprivation during the first several months. Post-partum depression was kicking me in the butt. I felt like God forgot about my need for fellowship. 

I started to question my will and God’s will for me to be a stay at home mom I didn’t feel like I could do it.  I was overwhelmed with household tasks and things breaking down in our home.  My forty two year old body was recovering from a C-section, blood clot, and infections.  This was not what I imagined Motherhood to be like.  I had no mom friends to lean on or to pray for me.

A heaviness came over me and I felt lifeless.  This scared me.

When my son was four months old I decided that I needed to get out of this rut and find some Mom Friends to hang out with.  God came through for me, but I had to be willing to reach out and look up. I met a group of Moms with babies through my church. Seven years later we are all still together. Now that our children are school age we don’t meet as much as we used too. When we do meet our time is so very sweet.

Making mom friends is hard, but sometimes you need to break out of your rut and make the first move to build friendships.

I’m almost fifty and homeschooling my two kids who are seven and five.  I have learned over all these years that making mom friends is hard and keeping friends active in my life is even harder.  I have discovered that I have to be a leader among my friends.

I have to initiate play dates and moms’ nights out. I have to set up one on one coffee dates and Bible book studies.  I don’t wait for others to set up a meeting time. I have taken it upon myself to keep us together.

Learn how to host a playdate to meet mom friends and keep postpartum depression and loneliness away.

The wonderful thing about our group is that there are other leaders in our circle who create fun things for us to do too. We are a family of mom friends because we care about each other.

Perhaps God is calling you to be a leader among your friends to keep everyone in contact. Maybe God is calling you to start a group for moms. Don’t wait for someone to call you. You be the one to make the call.  Take time to show someone that they matter to you.

Wanted: Mom Friends! Do you find it hard to make mom friends? Making friends as a mom can be hard work, yet we often feel we need friends to help us through motherhood.

Wanted: Mom Friends! Lisa Brown from COmmunity Moms blog shares how she felt when she became a new mom and did not have a support system in place. This is great advice for moms whether new or experienced!

My Name is Lisa Brown and I lead a blog community for moms. Me Too Moments For Moms has over twenty writers who share their stories on a daily basis.  We are a blog that runs 24/7 and is a place where moms come for encouragement and inspiration.   We would love for you to come hang out with us and follow along. Connect with Me Too Moments for Moms on Facebook and Pinterest.

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