Whether you stay at home with your kids or have recently moved, it can be hard to get out and meet other moms. And even though you love your children, there's nothing like a little interaction with other adults to help keep you sane. Before you give up hope of having a conversation with someone over the age of 10, remember that there are lots of ways to make new friends. Below, the moms of Parent Soup have some great ideas to get you started. And don't forget that you can always come online to Parent Soup to meet other folks who are just as passionate about parenting as you are (www.ParentSoup.com or AOL Keyword: ParentSoup)!
• "A lot of churches and day cares have programs called Mother's Day Out where your child can go and be around his peers, while giving you a little break. A lot of libraries have reading hours too which is a fun way to socialize with other kids and parents!"
• "For single parents, there is an organization called Parents without Partners. They have all different kinds of social events, both with and without your children. Another suggestion is to go to the YWCA. They don't have playgroups but they have a lot of great activites there for kids such as swim babies and mommy and me classes."
• "There are two nationwide mothers' clubs. The first one is MOPS, which stands for mothers of preschoolers. You can reach them at 1-888-910-mops. The second one is called Mom's Club. Their e-mail address is Momsclub@AOL.com. Just tell them where you live and they will tell you the closest location to you and a person to contact at that location. Both of these groups are great. I am a stay-at-home mom and I know what it is like to feel like you need to get out with the kids and have socialization."