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Making new friends isn't always easy, especially if you're a parent. The reality is that when you have a baby, everything changes, including your schedule and priorities. It can be hard to keep up with friends who aren't parents.
But it turns out, there are apps surprise! It's sort of like online dating. But instead of finding a date, you're paired with other moms who share your interests. All you have to do is complete a profile to find your mommy soulmate. Here are 5 new options to put on your radar:. The MomCo app "helps women break the ice and saves you from that awkward feeling of when you meet a cool mom, but you are shy and don't want to ask for a number," Darlington said.
Through the app moms can locate and connect with local moms, find support in forums, schedule playdates, keep current with local events and save some money with in-app deals and giveaways. Meg Gerritson thought the same thing when she co-founded Hello Mamas. The Massachusetts mom understood the importance of finding like-minded moms who can understand the challenges of having a child with severe peanut and egg allergies.
You go out and hang with these new mom friends but they aren't a good fit because they don't know what to do when your child is screaming and throwing up all over the place. Everyone is feeding their kids peanut butter and jelly," she said. Being able to connect with other women in the allergy and colic community online was like a breath of fresh air and took away the frustration of having to cope with her son's restricted diet by herself. Hello Mamas is really about connecting moms like you at your own pace and to find the support you need for your village.
There's no doubt that being a parent is frustrating, but there's another app that puts a smile in motherhood. Smile Mom is an app and online community where you can get parenting advice and connect with moms with children of a similar age in your area. Not only can you set up playdates, but it's also a place where you can buy and sell used baby clothes and other kid-related items.
If you're a mom like me with a ton of clothes and gadgets, this app can really come in handy. Similar to the dating app Tinder, Hey! VINA pairs females who share their same interests and who have compatible personalities. What makes this app so unique is that in addition to showing user pictures and profiles, it also uses an algorithm to match account details like mutual friends, location and quiz results you take within the app. If you prefer to meet face-to-face right off the bat, then you might want to give Speed Dating for Moms a try.
Frank's followers began bonding through Facebook, and she later decided to continue their online conversations in person. She had actually had a hard time meeting mom friends following the birth of her daughter, Sasha, and thought this would be a great way to help other moms. She set up a meet-and-greet with almost 80 moms in Brooklyn, who were paired off and given four minutes to chat before moving to the next mom. Get on their mailing list to see if they're coming to a city near you.
Friends Who Are Moms. My husband and I have been able to manage OK. But there are times when I yearn to speak with other moms who share our experiences.
Don't get me wrong, the people we've met thus far have been great, but there's a limit to how much we're able to connect. So I love the idea of finding a mommy match. As a busy mom of two, it's been tough to connect with other moms in my neighborhood.
Fortunately, we've been able to set up playdates through daycare and what not, but it's hard finding people who actually get my struggles as a parent. For example, my kids don't have allergies, but I do feel strongly about teaching them about healthy eating. Yet not every every parent feels the same way. A healthy diet isn't my only concern. My kids are biracial, and I've faced some challenges that only other multiracial families can understand, like the time when my daughter said she's white , or the challenges of finding a diverse school for our kids to attend.
The reality is that we influence and are continuously influenced by others. Sharing and interacting with others, is what shapes our behavior. With the explosion of internet, kids are spending more and more time on the computer and less time with face to face interactions which are invaluable to improving social, emotional, and intellectual development.
While it might look like your kids are just out there running around and having fun, you might wonder if there are any real benefits to having playdates. Studies have shown that social interactions with same gender children during childhood set the tone for both same and cross gender relationships during adulthood. Good friendships make for good relationships! Therefore, childhood friendships really do matter. Thirty years ago children went out into the streets and into their neighborhoods to play with other children.
More is not necessarily better — two to three will do the job. And the best way for your child to learn the skills for making and keeping good friends are from interacting with other children on informal, one on one playdates. These are very different and better than sports or organized activities because informal play dates follow the direction of the children, whereas organized activities have rules dictated by adults, and are in an arena where adults are in charge.
Playdates provide the building blocks for social interactions. Children learn how to get along, and how to resolve conflicts with someone who is not a family member. Though life is busy you should consider making playdates a priority for your children.
And, of course, you should do the same. Let your child put away one or two toys he doesn't want to share. Everything else is fair game. If the other parent isn't staying, make it a point to get emergency-contact information. Ask if your guest has any food allergies or other health issues. Check the other mom's comfort level with TV and computer use.
Try a paper puppy that even toddlers can tackle with a little bit of help: Fold a square piece of paper in half to form a triangle with creased edge at top. Fold top two corners down to form ears. Fold top layer of bottom point up to make space for the nose. Draw in eyes, nose, and a tongue. If the kids are old enough, let them layer their own fruity yogurt concoctions. Provide different flavored yogurts, a selection of fresh and dried fruit, and granola.
Give kids round crackers spread with either peanut butter or cream cheese. Make silly faces using cut-up grapes and dried fruit, with shredded carrots for hair. Mix together softened cream cheese with jelly or honey, then spread over small pocketless pita bread.
Top with apple, banana, and kiwi slices. Give each child a long, skinny pretzel stick with a dab of cream cheese on the end. Let them go fishing in a pond of Goldfish crackers. Remember, no double dipping! Let the kids string together Cheerios, Froot Loops, or any other ringed cereal on thin licorice ropes or string. Knot the ends and proudly wear the edible necklaces. If you're hosting, start the transition before the parent arrives, by giving a minute and then a five-minute warning.
Make cleaning up part of the fun by having the kids count how many toys they can put away, race against the clock, or sing a cleanup song. If you're on pickup duty, grab your child's things and challenge him to get ready by the count of Try to get his playmate involved in cheering him on.
By Mary Jo Dilonardo. Share the gallery Pinterest Facebook. Alexander adores reading books and has a ton of them! He has lots of toys and loves to play outside. Alexander is looking forward to meeting and making new friends in our area! A Christian family that has Christian values.
I would like my son to have good friends. Quality is more important that quanitity. Friends that will not discriminate against my sons physical disabilities.
Find Meetups about Playdates and meet people in your local community who share your interests. So, we've rounded up nine ideas for fun, unforgettable friend dates — whether you go for a one-time-only adventure or create a new tradition for you and your bestie. Members went to play dates at parks and visited the local twisty-climby kid spots. Whew, I remember thinking — we were finally part of something. It was so handy to have that answer ready in my back pocket when the grocery clerk or dental assistant asked us how my kids socialized.