When I was a new Mom, I attended a breast feeding group where I met an amazing group of Moms. We began meeting up outside of our official group and became truly the best of friends. We still see each other today (10 years later) and four of us now live within 5 miles of each other. We have been doing Motherhood together for over 10 years now. The bond with women like this is a bond that doesn't get broken.
Once my girls started pre-school and even Elementary school it began to get difficult to make more friends. I volunteer at their schools and I attend as many class parties as I can, but it's not always easy or convenient to strike up a conversation with a Mom at these events.
Then I found MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers). Oh how I wish I would have found MOPS ten years ago. Better late than never! I have been going to MOPS for a few years now and have since graduated to MomsNext (for Moms of school aged children). I don't have enough space to write all the benefits of a Moms group. These ladies have changed my life. They make me strive to be a better Mom, wife and woman. I adore them and look up to each of them in various ways. They are my tribe.
When Motherhood gets rough and tumbled as we all know it does...you need a tribe. You need those friends who you can call and say, "Ok, I'm losing it here, want to meet for coffee?" Then you both show up, no make up, hair tousled and yoga pants on....no judgement, just friendship.
There have been times I feel I wouldn't have made it through the day if I didn't have my friends to lean on. This is what Motherhood should be. There is no reason to feel like you need to be made up and perfect. Just show up and let someone say, "Me too...I feel the same exact way!" You'll then have the beginning of your tribe!
Friendship is not about whom you have known the longest; it is about who came and never left your side. ~Unknown