Which type are you and which type is your favorite?
By Nikki Pennington | staff writer for The Snap Mom
I’m sure you can make a list of the mom friends you don’t need in your life. What about the mom friends that you do need? These are the ones you can call at midnight when your baby won’t sleep and you don’t think you can survive one more hour without having a meltdown. As moms, it’s important that we surrounded ourselves with fellow mom friends. With that said, you don’t have to find the “perfect” mom friend: the one that agrees with everything you say or do regarding being a mom. You don’t want that. You want the one that is honest, disagrees with you, yet still respects your choices and supports you. Let’s also keep in mind, we will never find everything we need from a friend in one person. You need different types of friends to go to for different things.
Here is a list of the four types of mom friends you need in your life now:
1. The All Boy Mom
Maybe I am biased, but everyone needs this type of mom friend in their life. Let me explain why: boy moms are generally calm because we live in complete chaos all the time. Nothing really shakes us up. Little Tim was just running in the grass and fell? Another mom might panic, however an all boy mom has seen all types of injuries. If you are a bit of a frantic mom, you need to have an all boy mom in your life. She can help you calm down and show you which things aren’t worth stressing over.
2. The Crafty Mom
If you are anything like me, crafting is not my thing. Don’t get me wrong, I love it! But, my end result never turns out anything like it should. Crafty mom can look at a piece of fabric and turn it into the sail of pirate ship bed. You need budget birthday decorations that are Pinterest worthy? She is your go to. She enjoys doing it and is happy to help another mom save money in the meantime.
3. The Hawk Eye Mom
She is comparable to a Helicopter Mom. She’s the one that you really don’t get to talk to at the playdates unless you follow her around the playground. Why? Because she is hovering over her children, your children, and the complete stranger’s child. She is making sure that no one is choking, injured, or in distress. Little Tori has a scrape? Don’t worry, this mom has a first aid kit and 911 on speed dial along with a map of all the nearest hospitals and walk-in clinics. You can count on this mom to watch out for your children like they were her own, and you always know she will do whatever it takes to help take care of them.
4. The Crunchy Mom
She’s breastfeeding in public, voicing her opinion on all things organic, and is certain coconut oil, placenta pills, and breast milk are the cures for all things. You need this mom in your life even if you don’t live this way. The wealth of knowledge you can learn from her is limitless. You know she will support you with anything you try and for this you know you can always count on her. One day you might be stranded in the mall parking lot trying to figure out how in the world you get baby strapped in the Ergo on your back, alone? Call Crunchy Mom! She will walk you through it step by step, maybe even Facetime you while she’s explaining.
Having different types of mom friends is so much fun. As moms, we can enrich each other’s lives in so many different ways. We don’t all parent the same, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t all doing it right. Why not have different types of moms to walk by your side on this crazy road of motherhood. After all, we are all in this together.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nikki is a stay at home mom to three high spirited boys. Three years ago she became a motherless daughter after losing her own mom to terminal brain cancer. When she is not playing the role of referee for the boys, she spends her days trying to encourage and inspire others that are on the grief journey.