Fitting in with other moms is something I have struggled with constantly…almost from Day 1. Many of my working mom friends work part-time, and many of my friends that parent similarly stay at home. My friends that work full-time use daycare. My friends that work from home don’t need childcare.
Some days I just wish I could sit back with a close, dear friend…a best friend…and identify…relate. We just recently moved so sometimes I would take any close friend…working, stay at home, part-time…anyone. Making friends at 32 is a little harder than 12, although I never though I’d say that.
While I wish I had better advice or a helpful list, just know that if you struggle with fitting in as a mom I have been there. I do not know many working moms in the exact same situation like I am. I have very few other women that I can completely pour my heart out to…and relate with. Some. Usually it is one situation with one friend, a different situation with another.
Unfortunately I know that Satan often uses this as a source of attack in my life. It can be encompassing, overwhelming, damaging. I have learned that as much as I want to wish it away the only powerful action is to pray it away. Not just pray for a deep friendship, but to pray for Him to fill me. Not to depend on myself, my husband, or a best friend…not my children. He alone IS enough. I also pray for my marriage. There are just some (many) things my husband will never understand. Sometimes I expect him to understand me like another woman, but some of our best conversations have been when I open my heart to his opinions and thoughts…without analyzing every remark! Even though I do not pray first for a friend, I do pray for one. I pray that after God has filled His place in my life and my marriage and my family that He would bring deep friendship into my life. Kindred companionship. Someone to pray for me, to talk with often, to spend time with. Can you say Girls Night Out?
Do you have That Friend? Or do you too struggle with identifying with other similar moms? Advice??