Tahoe Mom Talk: Connecting in the mom community
They say it takes a village … and the saying could not be more true when it comes to raising children. Without my network of mamas, I am sure I would be lost. But where do you start?
Admittedly, there are not many public-facing groups that encourage networking within the “mom community.” It’s really more of a grassroots effort. Does your child attend daycare or school? That’s the best place to meet new moms.
There are also some great retail spaces that encourage networking, like Tahoe Tot Spot, Inversion Gym and Modern Makers. And perhaps one of the more positive attributes of social media is the ability to connect, both within your community and outside.
Some things I’ve learned along the way (and mind you, my children are 5 and 2½):
Plan a monthly mama’s dinner: Rotate which mom hosts dinner that month and all the guests bring a bottle of wine or dessert. I treasure my “mom time” and love the idea of breaking bread with a group of women who can directly relate to what I’m going through. Talk to two or three friends and have them invite a friend for your first dinner. You’ll love meeting new moms and connecting your friends with others.
Walk the grade with a mama friend: What better way to connect than while you’re huffing and puffing your way up the grade? Free exercise and therapy wrapped into one is a win-win for me! Bonus points go to those mamas pushing strollers up the grade!
Start a Facebook group: Who has time to talk on the phone or deal with group text messages? All kidding aside, I love having a Facebook group of trust-worthy mamas I can connect with and ask questions at any hour of the day. Where’s the best place to buy a new car seat? What advice do you have for children who don’t want to go to bed? How do you deal with Terrible Two’s? What bottle of wine goes best with salty tears? It’s a great way to connect remotely!
Plan a movie date night, with your mama friends: Date night has been re-imagined and instead of compromising of a guy movie or a chick flick, you can be sure that your mama friends will love the opportunity to see the latest rom-com in your company.
Play groups: Fortunately we also have a lot of opportunities to socialize with other moms, while your children play and connect too. As I mentioned above, Tahoe Tot Spot, Inversion Gym, Modern Makers, the library, Kahle Community Center — I am sure the list goes on as children get older — are all great places to connect and enjoy much-needed mom time.
Connecting with other moms keeps us sane and is a healthy habit to embrace. I’ve been able to break out of my bubble and meet some incredible women thanks to these networking opportunities.
I know some people might call it selfish (taking time away from family), but let me be clear: I fully believe we can’t take care of others until we take care of ourselves.
So, what am I missing? What are your favorite ways to connect with other mamas? Leave a comment or email me to let me know!
Natasha Schue is a mom of two boys, wife and a full-time working, young professional. You can read more about her family adventures on her blog schuelove.com or follow her on Instagram @schuelove. You can send questions or comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.