The hardest stage to keep close friendships is literally the one we all need it most. Mom friends are important while raising children for so many reasons. There are studies on the positive effects of these friendships on mental health. Friendships like these, help us find more joy during one of the most challenging seasons of life.
Over the years, I’ve found moms can be some of the loneliest people. Yet they are constantly surrounded by people…little people.
I am a mom to 3 boys, and have been for 14 years. Motherhood has been the biggest joy of my life while still having its share of challenges.
Many moms feel like they are spread so thin during this stage of life, it is hard to sustain deeper friendships. This is the time we are balancing many hats, and usually feel like some are dropping. We are harder on ourselves than ever before, because there is always so much left undone. There is always something to feel guilty about. For these reasons, we often don’t invest in friendships. We just try to balance those hats as perfectly as we can.
This is exhausting!
Many women, in this stage, forgo friendships. Even though, we desperately need someone to vent and talk to. Someone who knows exactly what they are going through.
Someone to say:
“You’re doing a great job”