I love being a mom. It’s such an amazing feeling to have someone love you so sweetly and most of the time, unconditionally. Let me be honest though, I don’t want to do mom things 24 hours a day. So besides driving kids around, feeding them, doing homework and having quality time together, I do need my own happy “ME” moments.
Do you have a person (besides your husband or relationship partner) you can share deep dark secrets with? Someone you know who will accept out and be there for you no matter what? Having a husband is great and amazing, but as a woman and mom, there are things in my life I know my husband can’t possibly relate to. When I get together with my friends, we talk about things we can all truly understand and of course laugh about. If we’re sad, bored, happy, or mad, we could openly share it with one another and find the release we need to move forward or the genuine support we know we can wholeheartedly give.
2 types of friendships
There are 2 types of friends you might have:
- the social friend – these friends are more like your acquaintances, but you call them friends because you’ve either known them for a while or you run into them so often you could almost say they’re a pretty good part of your life. You often see them in social gatherings, but they would only be there for you in limited ways. You couldn’t really confide in these friends with your secrets or comfortably share anything about you or your life with them.
- the quality friend – these friends are gifts in your life. They are there for you, simply because they love your company and want to be there for you. You can confide in these friends and share very special moments with them.
Quality friendships can promote good health
Quality friendships are quite special. As a mom, it can help promote good well-being and a more healthy lifestyle. Quality friendships can create happiness and comfort in knowing that you’ve got an unyielding support system you could rely on when things get tough. These friends are also happy for you when good things happen in your life.
The positive parenting effects of mom friends
Mom friends find solace with each other. When times get tough, most women really just need someone to vent to. It helps them release that stress that could potentially drive them to be angry or act hideously around others, especially the ones they love most.
Mom friends also have a wonderful way of motivating each other. Whether they talk about their goals or secretly do it to show off to each other, they are still getting it done! If they don’t meet their goals, they could still talk about it and restart!
It’s great to have many friends and Facebook is an amazing place to show others just how popular you are. However, the person with 1,000 friends is never as rich as the person with 1 close, quality friend. It’s a nice thought to have fun times with someone, but it’s even more amazing to know that you have someone who will be there even when you’re not at your best.
If you have that special friend, be sure to give that friendship the attention it needs. Don’t take it for granted, because life is too short. Our kids will grow and sometimes even marriages don’t work out, but your friend, your special friend could be the one person who may truly be at your side til death due you part.