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  • Writer's pictureNana Barratt

4 Ways to Make Friends When You're a Mom

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Being a mom is hard and we know how little time you have to yourself sometimes. You might even feel lonely when you do have that time. If you ever feel like that, read our advice for 4 ways of making friends:

1. School

Already having acquaintances could make it easier to make friends quickly. For example, you could invite your child's classmates over for a playdate, or you could meet for coffee before starting the day. After all, the people you meet during the school year are the people you have something in common with and will constantly see as your children grow.

2. Use your daily connections

This might seem strange at first, but think about what you do on a daily basis. Do you go to the gym? Are you in any social clubs, such as a book club or moms' group? What about church? Or even something you do for yourself or alone, such as getting your nails done, grocery shopping, any other hobbies or going to school yourself? There could be more acquaintances you often see, but never speak to. Why not offer to do those activities or chores together, or just say 'hi' and see where it leads you? This way, it's not taking time out of your schedule.

3. Online connecting

If you're too anxious to go up to someone in public, we 100% understand! It's important for you to be comfortable. It's not only a great way to become more aware of online safety (especially for your children's sake), but also practicing small talk. You can look at Facebook groups and pages where mothers are in the same position as you, which is a really good start. There's also Mumsnet if you just want an online buddy to discuss "mom" things.

4. Familiar faces

We've already discussed talking to familiar faces, but is there anyone you may already be semi-friends with and not even notice? Think about your neighbors, your colleagues and even your old friends whom you've lost contact with. It's never too late to send your neighbor a birthday card and offer to bring them birthday dessert, ask a colleague for a drink after a long, hard day at work (or lunch is okay too), or reconnect with someone from your past that you miss.

Deanna (or "Nana Barratt") is an MA Creative and Media Enterprises graduate from the University of Warwick. She previously studied Popular Music, but decided to take a different career path into writing. She now writes about music, the TV and film industry, and East-Asian culture, and gives student advice and lifestyle tips.

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