Crystal - posted on 02/04/2016 ( no moms have responded yet )
I've been hearing moms say stuff like this about finding other mom friends:
Yeah, I finally decided to be more social and join a mom's group..but only to find the mom's are 10 years younger than me (i'm 38) and don't seem interested in anyone beyond their clique. So frustrating!
It’s hard to strike up a conversation with another mother who seems just as distracted with their own child as I am with mine!
These are all great resources but don't seem to take into account moms who work outside the home. While some of these options are available on weekends, the other moms hang out all week together and you never quite seem to fit in. I have a 2 year old and have tried too many times to count to make mom friends to no avail.
I may have a unique solution for moms that are struggling to find a group of mom friends, but I'd like to have you're input on my idea...
As an artist I've been hearing lots of enthusiasm over paint and sip businesses like painting with a twist, that allow women a fun outlet for creativity even if they've never painted in their life. Businesses and clubs book these locations for hundreds of dollars in order to create a bonding experience for their members and it works.
These businesses are designed for people that already know each other to go together and bond over art, or single people to be by themselves and enjoy relaxing while making art, but I think the idea could be tweaked a bit and make into a way to make friends.
What if you could buy a package that includes everything you need to set up your own monthly painting club in your home complete with high quality video instructions, then you could invite some women that you know as acquaintances through various children's activities to join you for a fun evening of painting instead of just asking for a play-date?
With a husband or a babysitter to entertain the kids it could be a real opportunity to bond over a shared interest outside of being mothers. Perhaps there may even be a way to include the children, perhaps with their own separate activity or by making a joint painting where the kids can paint the background and the mothers paint a more detailed and interesting foreground while the kids play together?
I'm considering developing such a program, but I need feedback from real moms that would be interested. If you've taken the time to read my message, please take a minute and tell me what you think good or bad.