- Check online for meetups: Meetup.com or even your local Craigslist
- Look for drop-in centres (in Ontario try Early Years centres) and don't be shy about inviting people out for coffee or to the park
- I was never brave enough for this but I loved the idea of printing "mom cards" -- personal business cards -- and handing them out at the park
- More great ideas for making mom friends
What to know about making mom friends
- It's like dating - it's worth taking risks and asking other moms over, but don't take rejection personally. Lots of women are looking for mom friends - but not everyone is. It's not high school and it's not a contest.
- You will find your group. If you don't feel at home with people right away, that's okay - either keep looking or hang in for a few more weeks; if it's a playgroup at least your kid has new toys to play with for a few hours!
- That said, chemistry counts. That original group? It got really big - and then splintered into like-minded, and geographically close, moms friends.
- Don't let Pinterest fool you. My first playdate I stayed up late making fillings for tea sandwiches and cutting grapes into quarters, and cleared out my coat closet. After a few months I threw cheese and crackers on a tray, put on some tea, threw the coats over the railing and called it a day. It's about the people, not the snacks or the spotless playroom.
Oh, and our kids still like each other too. As if that matters.