While of course I love all my friends, whether or not they are parents, at this stage in life, I am extraordinarily grateful to my mom friends. I am very fortunate because in my real life, none of my friends act like the Judgy McJudgerson’s who perpetuate the Mommy Wars. Nope, in my life, I am surrounded by talented, hilarious amazing and supportive women. Mom friends, we need each other. Mom friends, I am thankful for you. Do you know the mom friends I’m talking about?
These women are in the trenches alongside you.
They understand the dilemma of a cancelled babysitter, and they step up and take your kids for the evening. They know you are listening on the phone, even if your three-year-old is screaming in the background. They are the moms who don’t get upset if you don’t respond to their texts for a week because, life. These are the women who watch your sleeping baby in the car so you can run your preschooler into class. They are the ones who don’t judge your messy house, they commiserate when you need to vent about your husband, in-laws or work, and they offer advice when asked. The moms who you do not need the disclaimer, “I love my kids, but …” when you are about to call them little jerks. The moms who will pick up your child from school when you inevitably run late. The moms who laugh with you when, in your sleep deprived state, you wear mismatched shoes for longer than you care to admit. They are the ones who hardly know you but help you when you are down, and the moms who give you just a knowing glance when your toddler is melting down in Target; the mom who, though her hands are full, stops to open the door for you.
I need my mom friends more than I ever thought I would. You guys are my village. Thank you for trusting me to raise my kids in the way I see fit even if it is vastly different from how you raise your kids. Whether you live in my computer or right next door; whether we see each other weekly or if it’s been far too long, I need you and am grateful for you. To the moms who read this blog and share their stories with us in the comments or on our Facebook page, we are grateful for you.