Motherhood. It's wonderful, it's messy, it's all encompassing, it's fulfilling, and it's exhausting. Being a mom is the best and hardest thing I've ever done. My saving grace? My mom friends and why every mom needs a tribe!
Motherhood is Totally Uncontrollable
I thought I was totally prepared for parenthood. I mean, if I can manage a classroom full of ornery elementary school students….I could manage one little baby. RIGHT? Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. In fact, I couldn't have been more wrong. I attended baby care classes. We read five books. We watched baby care videos. And what actually helped? Phone a friend. One of my good friends and I were pregnant together and had our babies just four days apart. So, in those early weeks……my saving grace? Those middle of the night texts that started with “Please tell me _________ is happening in your house too!” In those uncontrollable moments from the early days to toddler art all over the walls…….knowing that we aren't the only ones? Makes all the difference.
Toddlerhood is my favorite stage thus far. Playdates are actually interactive, and we can venture further than a few miles from home. This summer one of my mom friends and I have made it a point to set up play dates once a week, always at a new location. We're exploring new parks and new museums. And honestly? I doubt I'd explore all these places on my own!
Motherhood is Isolating
Let's be honest, at times…..it's rough. I love my daughter, she's amazing…..but there are times when I want to talk to an adult. Those playdates with a friend (and a coffee), fuel my soul. I leave feeling refreshed, supported, and a part of a community.
So let's talk about finding your tribe. A generation or two ago, I envision moms connecting at playgrounds or over backyard fences. But in this day and age? Finding moms that you relate to can be a little bit tougher.
One of my favorite new find your mom tribe tools just launched here in Los Angeles……..Covey App! Covey connects parents based on interest, location, and kids' ages. How do I know it works? It totally connected me with a mom from Lydia's school I've been meaning to set up a playdate with! In addition, Covey also connects families with local businesses that have been recommended as great resources. A few of my favorite local Covey Partners?