Go to the local park/library
The park is a great place to meet other moms and for your kids to get out some extra energy. Even if you don’t end up meeting anyone, the fact your kids can be outside and play is a great perk.
When my son was pretty young, we started to attend story time. Even now that my boys are older, they still love to sit and listen to the librarian read. At the end of most story times, there is a play time where you can talk and meet other moms.
Find a Moms group
Mothers of Preschool is a great organization that is nation wide. You can find a local MOPS group to get connected. They also have groups for moms of older kids called Moms Next.
Attend a local church
Most of my friendships come from church. But attending church isn’t really a way to meet new people. To meet new people, you either need to join a Bible study or attend other smaller events.
Join A Gym or Mom Workout Group
When I moved to LA, I joined the YMCA. Mainly for the free childcare included in the membership. I started to meet other moms and that’s how I met a woman who invited me to her Bible study. YMCAs can be a great way to get involved in the local community and they have various programs for kids of all ages.
Getting connected when you move takes time. Even when you get connected quickly it will take between 3-6 months most of the time before you can feel settled and have a good group of friends.
One of the hardest parts of moving for me is not only do I have to find new friends, but I also have to figure out how to navigate around town. And have you ever noticed how each grocery store has its own layout? Probably not, I never really did until I moved from Ohio to LA.
Following these steps can help you get connected into your community and find friends. It won’t be easy and it will take time, but the more proactive you are, the more likely you will be to find the friends you are hoping for.
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