Being a mom is not easy, there are times when you question yourself with even the simplest parenting decision you just made. I am lucky to be surrounded with mommy friends who help keep me sane, and I dedicate this entry to them (naks!)
Mommy Friends are the best because...
You can learn from their experience.
When I feel stuck, I'd ask advice from moms of older kids who've been in my shoes
You have someone you can impart your words of wisdom to
Just as there are moms who are more experienced than you, there'll always be newbies who need your encouragement. It's always an honor being asked by new moms about how I handled things when Ben was a newborn. Sometimes, all you need is someone to tell you that things will eventually get a little better.
You have someone to have adult conversations with.
Being with a child the whole day can really test your patience. One of the things I used to look forward to when Ben was still at school is that I get to chat with the parents of his schoolmates. They always make me feel better even when I feel harassed.
Playdates, both for the adults and the kids!
Having friends with kids close to your age means you get to help your child socialize while having some quality time among yourselves. Bry and i enjoy organizing playdates whenever we get the chance.
They remind you that each child is different and not to compare
As you get to know more parents and their child, you'll get to realize that each child is unique. Yes, there are developmental milestones to watch out for but if if you shouldn't panic when your friend's baby rolls over before yours does even if they have the same birthday. Believe me, this is easier said than done. Ben is already 2 and I'm still learning this lesson every day.
How about you? What's the best thing about having parent-friends? :)