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I already have plenty of friends! But a parent friend is different. We're talking about someone who's living through the same sleep, feeding, and development issues you're facing with your new baby.
Someone who's happy to talk about poop, breast milk, and spit-up. Someone who won't mind — or notice — that you're wearing the same sweats you wore yesterday and the day before. This kind of camaraderie will help you more than you can imagine.
But forming new friendships isn't always easy, and approaching new people can feel as awkward as a first date. Here are some tips to make it easier. Many neighborhoods and towns have their own parents' clubs, and libraries, churches, and synagogues often do too. We still meet twice monthly, 22 years later! Another good spot for finding friends is the gym, where you can exercise and meet potential pals in one fell swoop. You might just meet a new friend while you're doing errands, taking your baby on a walk, or even waiting in the pediatrician's office.
So aim to get out of the house at least once a day, and keep your eyes open for chances to make a connection. When Jessica Barton took her 6-week-old to the mall, she didn't expect to stumble upon a friendship. But she happened to see another new mom sitting on a bench. My son was working himself into a major 'I'm hungry' tantrum as well, so I looked at her and said, 'Is this seat taken?
By the end of the conversation, Barton's new friend had invited her to a playgroup. The two moms are still buddies four years later.
Consider your online options, too. Apps like Smile Mom are a great way to meet local moms and schedule playdates. Online social networking helps you get in touch with old friends and make new ones. And if you haven't already, create a profile on BabyCenter's Community and put the call out to moms or d in your area.
Okay, so you're getting out of the house, you've ed a parents' club, and you've registered for a class or activity. Now it's time to focus on approach. Complimenting someone's baby is another conversation starter. Gear-related icebreakers work well too. Would you recommend it? If you're feeling shy that day and just can't get out a greeting, you can always let your child help. If her child is the perpetrator and she apologizes, I say that if it wasn't hers, it would have been mine.
Even with the smoothest introductions, making small talk can be nerve-racking. I don't want to come off too strong and run off a good prospect! It helps to remember that many other new parents want to make friends just as much as you do. If you do encounter someone who isn't interested, don't take it personally.Onyx Family on Ryan's Mystery Playdate on Nickelodeon!!!
There's no getting around it — exchanging phone s or addresses with someone you barely know can feel awkward. It felt even stranger when I gave her my ! Weird as it may feel, just bite that bullet and go forward. Think about it this way: If you put off making a move, you could lose your chance.
I was just about to ask for her address and a playdate when her sister showed up and whisked the whole family out from under me. It was like losing that great guy at the coffee shop when the hot barista comes along," says Stephanie Johnston.
The simplest wording is probably best: "Would you like to get together for a playdate sometime? For parents of babies, "playdate" really means "sleep-and-eat-date. Others go the online route by asking whether a potential friend is on a particular social networking site, then following up from the comfort of their keyboard.
No matter your approach, keep in mind that other parents are probably feeling just as self-conscious — and just as hopeful — about making new friends as you are. Evonne Lack Bradford is an educational writer and an instructional deer. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching documentaries, and pretending she has a green thumb. now to personalize. Photo credit: iStock. Step 1: Locate other new parents "It's always a challenge — not only making new friends, but finding them!
Step 2: Make your move Okay, so you're getting out of the house, you've ed a parents' club, and you've registered for a class or activity. If you do encounter someone who isn't interested, don't take it personally Step 3: Seal the deal There's no getting around it — exchanging phone s or addresses with someone you barely know can feel awkward. Featured video. ing a moms group: How to find one that suits you.
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