>> Thursday, November 29, 2012
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Every new mother needs a support group. Often times friends are a large part of your support, as family tends to be more scattered across the country than it used to be.
Here are a few mom-friends it would be helpful to have:
1. The Helper. This friend is always willing to lend a hand, whether that be holding your new baby while you shower, throwing in a load of laundry, or bringing you a warm meal. While these things seem simple and before your child you probably would not ever ask for help in completion of these tasks, after your baby is born having these tasks completed by a willing friend is so beneficial.
2. The Night Owl. Having a friend who is known to stay up late can be extremely helpful in the first few months of being a parent. Just knowing that there is a listening ear one text message away at 2 a.m. can be comforting, even if you don't often need to send the message.
3. The been-there-done-that mom. Everything is extremely new and confusing as a first time parent. Having a friend who has been through many of the same situations you're encountering can be a blessing. Being able to use your friend as a sounding board and having someone informal to whom you may ask questions can ease your nerves quite a bit.
4. The friend who doesn't have children. Many a new mother will tell you, while they LOVE their children and family, there is a good feeling about being able to step out to a dinner or movie just yourself and a close friend. With your friend who doesn't have children, the conversation won't revolve around your child unless you choose it to do so. Having a few hours of "me" time can bring you back refreshed and better for your family.
Do you have any friends who were extremely helpful after the birth of your child?