I have a passion for building community and living and sharing life with the people around us. But as a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) it can be a real challenge to find community and build solid relationships in between diaper changes and nap times. Here are a few suggestions for building community as a SAHM:
- Attend or start a playgroup – Playgroup can be so simple if you just get started. All you need are some moms, some kids, and a place to meet. A group of moms from our church gets together every other week. We take turns hosting at different houses so no one person feels overwhelmed, and whoever shows up, shows up. It’s not a big commitment, and it just works as an automatic plan. See if there are playgroups already going on in your church or neighborhood, and if not, start one!
- Meet new people – Kids are a GREAT way to meet new people and make friends because it is SO easy to start a conversation about your kids. Take your kids to the park or indoor playground and just start making conversation with other moms.
- Video chat for Coffee – Let’s face it, some days it’s just too much to get out of the house. Schedules might be crazy and getting everybody dressed and ready to get out the door can be a lot of work. So once your kiddos are down for a nap or having quiet play time (or a movie!), grab a cup of coffee and “meet” a friend over a video chat. Be sure to schedule it ahead of time, and be and mindful of each other’s time, but this can be a great way to sit down for a conversation without leaving the house.
- Make friends in your neighborhood – There’s nothing better than having a friend next door or just down the street! Start building relationships with the people around you by inviting a neighbor over for coffee or to take your kids for a walk in the neighborhood.
- Communicate frequently – It’s hard to build relationships when you only see someone once a week or a couple of times a month. Make it a habit to communicate frequently with your friends, whether that means getting together, talking on the phone, or just sending a “How are you this week?” text once in a while.
Having children is a true blessing, but the time when they are little can be difficult to build and maintain relationships. Take the time to make friends and invite people into your life where you are and walk through the childhood years in real community.
What are some other ways you can live in community as a busy SAHM??