How to Meet Other Moms

Like many Central Iowa Moms, I work from home to maximize time with my son. Like even more area moms, I struggle finding “mom friends” to learn from, commiserate with or even have an adult conversation with. In the social media world, it seems like our resources are endless. There are countless mom groups and people at the ready to answer a quick question or give advice. But how can I actually MEET moms and form real friendships that can be formed between nap time and mealtimes? Here are some great options for all moms!

MOPS

This group stands for Mothers of Preschoolers, but I can’t tell you how many people recommended this group to me as a mother of a 2 year old. There is a fee to be a member, but most of the groups will let you check it out a couple of times for free. The group I reached out to provides childcare to give moms the opportunity to actually connect instead on having fragmented conversations while watching kids. You can find a group here.

Facebook

I mentioned before there are SO many parent groups on Facebook. These groups can be wonderful resources for a quick question or to get some advice. Many times, you don’t actually meet the commenters face to face. If you want to meet up with someone at a park nearby or for a play date, just ask! Post in the groups and tell them you want to get coffee and chat while your kids play at the mall play area or something. You never know the awesome connections you may meet.

Peanut

This is essentially a mom dating app. You create a profile with some basic info about yourself and pictures if you want and you’re all set! You can look through moms in the area and “wave” at them if you’d like to connect. You’re only able to privately message someone if they “wave” back at you. It’s a great way to connect with SAHMs and working moms!

Some other apps to check out:

It’s easy to stay within your comfort zone of the friends you’ve had forever, the yoga pants you love, and endless episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Admittedly getting out of that comfort zone can result in at least a little anxiety. Get out there, mamas. It takes a village to raise kids, but also to create your mom tribe! Be brave!

About the Author

Laura is a Des Moines native and work from home mom who works with Des Moines Parent, Midwest Mom and Wife, Thrivent Financial, and Iowa Doula Agency. She stays busy with her two year old son, Silas, loves reading one page of a book before falling asleep, and listening to podcasts.

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