I got an email yesterday from a reader, Michelle, asking where she could find younger mom friends. She’s tried everything and everywhere, but simply doesn’t have anything in common with the older moms. (She’s 25 with a 3 year old and a 2 year old.)
I’m sure you can all relate. I know I can.
Of course this is circumstantial — some women just know more younger moms than others — but I’ve found the social aspect of young motherhood to be the most difficult. It’s the most uncomfortable, at least. I’ve had a few unintentionally rude comments and judgmental questions, as I’m sure you have too. But more than that, being a mom means you’re often forced into awkward social situations — whether you’re at the park, at a nursery school function, on a play date with your child’s best friend, etc. And the added age difference — sometimes 10, even 15 years — can make it that much harder to connect.
Does anyone have any tips for her? Are we putting too much emphasis on age? Is it our own insecurities that are holding us back from making mom friends? Has anyone found lasting friendships in an unexpected place?