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The Stay At Home Mom: Being Social

1 Nov

The number of stay at home moms in America fluctuates with the economy. The decision to stay at home and raise the kids rather than go out into the workforce depends on the family income and values. While staying home to raise the kids is a noble move for any mom, it will get lonely quickly. The daytime talk shows and soap operas are fun for a while, but women need interaction!!! There are many avenues to explore to keep yourself social at every stage of your child’s life.

MOMS WITH INFANTS

Moms with infants are often the largest groups who stay at home, failing to socialize due to too many places which are intolerant of moody babies and sleep-deprived, brain frozen mommies. Learning to build a group and socialize with other moms may seem like the lowest priority on the new parent list, but it is among the most important – keeping mommy happy will keep baby happier. Therefore, find a mommy group or start one in your community. The most important aspect of the infant mom meetup groups is that there is a space for moms to care for their infants in privacy if desired, and that all moms are allowed to bring all infants. Find a group through this link, or Google moms groups in your area:

http://moms.meetup.com/

MOMS WITH TODDLERS

As the baby ages and begins to run around without mom’s help, it’s time to hit the outdoors. Again, a mom’s group will help you find social avenues, however, if it was just too much when baby was an infant, take time now to find friends. Go to the playground and strike up a conversation with another mom. Toddlers are incredibly friendly and will find friends on their own, so use this to talk to the mom of your toddler’s new found BFF. Suggest further playdates at the park or lunch at McDonald’s if you seem to get along well with each other.

When the park fails, bring baby to toddler gathering places, such as story time at the library. Arrive ten minutes early and plan to leave ten minutes late, if your toddler will tolerate the extra time. Typically, the library will host toddler activities away from the general public areas, so toddlers and parents will have a few minutes of social time. Other gathering places include indoor play places, book stores who host story times, children’s museums or zoos.

MOMS WITH SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN

The school age may be the easiest age to get involved and find social avenues. Schools always need volunteers. If you aren’t interested in helping with the children, work behind the scenes on committees such as dance committees or school social functions. If this still does not interest you, look in the paper for non-profit organizations which interest you and call to volunteer while the children are at school. Go for walks in your neighborhood or take pictures in the park – often, common interests will bring people together and help you find friends who have the same hobbies.

As always, open your home to family for socializing opportunities. While single friends and working friends may dwindle after children enter the picture, hold on to those who don’t and invite them over for lunch or dinner. Take lunch or coffee to your working friends. Invite over the parents of your kid’s friends – chances are, if your kids get along, you might get along as well. Eventually, as you start to network and follow your child’s lead, you will have a base of friends to keep you social and active.

Special thanks to my stay at home neighbor and friend who gave me some ideas for this blog!

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2 Responses to “The Stay At Home Mom: Being Social”

  1. postal rates November 29, 2011 at 6:10 am #

    i love your blog, i have it in my rss reader and always like new things coming up from it.

  2. dating tips for guys in high school May 7, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    I unfriended every single one one of my FB pals, family included.

    They just posted dumb shit. My only FB pal is my husband. I now enjoy FB.
    I only get news feed from web pages that share my interests.

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