Six Friends Every Mom Needs in her Momtourage

by Lian on October 8, 2012

Forget about raising kids, it takes a village to get Mom from Monday to Friday. In one piece.  Without our female friends, there would be a lot more mental health days in Mommy-ville.

Here’s a list of key friends that every Mom needs in her Momtourage

The In Case of Emergency Friend   Solid, reliable, carries her cell phone at all times, the ICE friend can literally save your life. Whether it’s a medical meltdown or a babysitter bailout, she is there for you and your kids.  Put her down as an Emergency Contact, you have nothing to worry about.  All hail, the ICE Friend.

The LOL Friend  Every mother needs one friend who is just a hoot, regaling you with the hilarious story of a bad boss or a school project disaster. Sometimes, motherhood is not that funny. But an LOL Friend makes you see that it can be—if you lighten up a little bit.

The Ear to the Ground Friend  No, I’m not talking about gossip here, because that’s impolite. But there is always one mom, usually the mom of an active girl, who knows everything going on at school . From homework to weekend parties, the Ear to the Ground Friend  is a go-to resource.   For those of us who live at the edges of information (and by that I mean Mothers of Boys) any source for what is happening is always welcome.

The Life Coach Friend   Technically, she’s not trained in anything psychological or medical, but the Life Coach Friend really knows how to motivate you. One forty five minute walk with Life Coach Friend, and you’re updating your resume, signing up for golf lessons and ridding your wardrobe of plaid. Life Coach Friend absorbs self-help material and preaches it back at you with astonishing success.

The Frenemy  Sports stars say they need a rival to keep them on their toes. So do mothers.   Chances are, your Frenemy is always one step ahead of you: her house is cleaner; her kids are smarter; and, her skin has more collagen. But that’s okay, because your Frenemy forces you focus on what’s really important in your life.  Maybe you’ve lost the skin elasticity battle, but your winning the hair highlighting game.

The No Kids, No Thanks Friend   Every mom needs time away from her life as a mother. Enter the No Kids, No Thanks Friend. She goes to movies! She knows the trendiest restaurants! She still wears pants with non-expandable waist bands! One afternoon with No Kids Friend revives the spirit and reminds you that’s there is life outside the laundry room.

Which friends in your Momtourage keep you sane?

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angi October 9, 2012 at 7:02 AM

Thanks for re-posting this! I’ve been spending a lot of time with my friends (to bolster me as my daughter applies to college, an experience I know you’re experiencing), and this reminds me not only to appreciate the types of friends I have, but to make sure that I’m being a good friend in return.

me October 8, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Makes me sad I don’t have any of these. Having to move so many times, I haven’t had a real friend in many years. Not a single friend to call up, have a coffee with, etc. Only Facebook friends who are either people from the past who live across the country or online friends who aren’t really friends. Count yourself blessed, Lian.

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