Do you feel like it’s hard to meet other moms and really get to know them? Do you want to have more mom friends but you feel like you’re too shy? Break out of your comfort zone this summer and make some new friends with these 5 tips for a shy mom to make mom friends.
For the next ten weeks, I will be sharing posts inspired by the #ETHANproject. This summer I am determined to be more PRESENT for my children and Enjoy the Here and Now. My children are still small, but they are like tiny sponges. I think it’s important to start early with the direction I want to take in my parenting, so I don’t feel like I’m backtracking later.
I’m an introvert by nature, so meeting new people is extremely hard for me. The good thing is that my husband and daughters are the complete opposite. They are extroverts and they bring me out of my shell. Opposites attract right?
As the first #ETHANproject challenge, I could not have been pushed farther out of my comfort zone than to try to make new mom friends. Luckily, we got invited to a neighborhood block party just in time and I wholeheartedly agreed to go.
Walking into someone’s house that you don’t know very well can be daunting! But once I was there and sitting down, I could enjoy the conversation and all the new personal stories I was hearing. I got to know a lot of new people and new moms in my neighborhood.
My daughter also made some new friends! I literally had to pry their hands apart and drag my daughter away crying from her new BFF.
It made me start to think that I am not the only shy mom out there. And making mom friends is so important to your own journey as a mom, if only to have someone to laugh with who just gets it.
5 Ways For A Shy Mom To Make Mom Friends
Throw a block party
This is an easy way to meet new moms in your area because there will be lots of other people there. An added bonus is that you’re likely to find some mom friends who live close by.
Don’t just drop your kids off and run. Try to get to know the other kids’ moms – you already have something in common to be a conversation starter.
Meet for a short amount of time
Knowing that there is a distinct start and end time can take a lot of the tension away for me personally. Let your new friend know that you only have an hour to hang out with her, so you have a valid reason to leave after the time is up without feeling awkward.
Meet somewhere public
If you are worried about play dates at your home or someone else’s, suggest meeting at a park or the library.
Let your kids make introductions
Let your kids introduce you to their friend’s mom. You will instantly have something to talk about and you already know your kids get along.
The important part is that you break free from your comfort zone. Just think – those other moms could be just as shy as you but don’t know how to make the first step either.
Visit Grounded & Surrounded to see what over 40 other bloggers have written about the #ETHANproject – Enjoy Friendship Challege.
Now it’s your turn! Over the next week, brainstorm and act on ways for you to break out of your comfort zone and really Enjoy Friendship. Leave a comment here, on Facebook or Instagram with your experience. Be sure to use the hashtag #ETHANproject so we can all celebrate with you.
Next week’s challenge is “Enjoy the View” – I wonder if a hike in the Colorado mountains is in my future?
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