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I really struggled with making mom friends for the first year and a half of being a mom. Let’s be honest, I’ve never been any good at making friends. When I became a mother, I started craving friendship with other mothers. Shortly after my son’s first birthday, I read the book How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie. I thought it was going to be a cheesy self help book. I was reluctant to read it the first several times my husband suggested it to me. As soon as I started reading it, I knew it was going to help me. This book offers many useful tips for building relationships and solving conflicts both personal and in business. I’ve translated a few of the guidelines for friendship so they may be helpful while seeking mom friends.
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 Three Guidelines for Making Mom Friends

Don’t criticize. Here’s a pretty obvious one. No one wants to hear that something they are doing is wrong. This applies to mothers in a unique way. Everything about motherhood is so controversial. It’s not worth missing out on possible friendships over breastmilk vs formula battles.

Take an interest in other people. Don’t talk about yourself too much. Give the other mother opportunities to tell you about herself and her family. It’s almost more important to show an interest in her children than it is in her. Interact with her children when you get together for playdates. Comment on pictures of her kids on Facebook. If you’re nice to her kids, she will automatically want to be your friend.

Be friendly. Obviously you shouldn’t change yourself for anyone, but people want to be around friendly people. Making mom friends is a lot like dating. You need to put your best self out there. Smile, be polite and approachable.

Mom Friends Are The Best Friends

After implementing these guidelines, I started making real mom friends. We snapchat constantly and interact on Facebook daily. I know they are only a text away if I need a playdate and some adult interaction. Every mom out there deserves at least one friend to be by her side on this journey through parenting. I am so thankful for the mom friends I’ve made. I truly believe my mom friends are the best friends I’ve had and I hope we stay friends for a long time.

Do you have any tips to add to this list?

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