Being a stay-at-home mom can be one of the loneliest jobs around. You might feel like you are the only one in your community with kids. Or, maybe all of your friends have gone back to work and you don’t know how to meet new people.
Trust me, I’ve been there. I moved to Georgia not knowing a soul. I have worked from home the entire time I’ve lived here so I never had the luxury of meeting someone at work. I had to be really intentional about creating a community for myself. It was really easy for me to stay home and not make friends. Even easier honestly to slip into a slump. It’s easier honestly to stay in your pajamas and never leave the house. But that’s not how God designed us.
God designed us for community, and there are plenty of ways for you to create fellowship as a stay-at-home mom. In this blog post, we will discuss five simple ways that you can connect with other moms and grow in your faith.
There are lots of ways to create community as a stay-at-home mom but here are five of my favorites. You don’t have to do all of them, just pick one or two that fit your personality and give them a try.
One way to create community is by joining a local moms group.
This can be an online group or an in-person group. Moms groups are a great way to meet other moms in your area and connect with them on a deeper level. Sites like MeetUp are perfect for finding groups of people with similar interests or life stages local to you.
Another way to create community is by joining a Bible study.
This is a great way to connect with other moms who have similar interests as you. Studies can be done in person or online. I personally love doing them in person but I also run studies virtually too. I did a virtual study on Biblical Feminity where we covered cultivating Christian friendships. You can find it here.
A third way to create community is by attending a local church.
This is a great way to meet other families in your area and connect with them on a deeper level. This for me was how I met most of my friends and how I landed on my next point.
A fourth way to create community is by volunteering.
This is a great way to meet other moms who have similar interests as you. Volunteering also allows you to serve your community and grow in your faith. My local church is actually how I found the place I love to serve outside of my church. I’ve met dozens of women outside of my church community this way who share a passion similar to mine and it’s an issue deeply personal to me.
A fifth way to create community is by getting to know the other moms at your kids’ activities.
I was absolutely the mom who brought a book to wrestling practice and sat on a bench and did not communicate with other moms. Until a mom asked what I was reading. Turns out she was also a Christian and we had a TON in common. We exchanged numbers and talk pretty consistently.
I’ve also had moms from church be on my son’s football team and then run into those same moms at the grocery store, hardware store, etc. and we all stay in touch. It’s actually a really nice feeling. I moved to this part of Georgia only a few years ago and I just started taking the initiative about a year ago to venture out and make real friends. We’re finally putting down roots so I decided it was finally time to make real friends and the Lord has really blessed me for the effort.
I’ve seen changes in my kids. I’ve had friends to call and just pray with me when I needed someone. Friends who can just grab a cup of coffee. Friends to grab lunch with. Friends for the highs and lows and goodness knows there have been some this year.
So if you’re feeling lonely as a stay-at-home mom, I encourage you to take the initiative and get involved in your community. It will bless you more than you know. And it’s never too late to make friends.
I’d love to hear from you. What are some ways that YOU have connected with other moms in your community? Leave a comment below and let me know. I’m always looking for new ideas!
If you’ve felt the call to learn more about the type of Christian friendships you need in your life, come learn more in the Biblical Femininity Foundations Course for $27.
If you’re looking for a community to join, come hang out with mine. We’re a community of moms just like you who are supporting and uplifting one another regularly.