Why Moms Need The Support of Other Women?

When you become a mother it’s a natural occurrence to spend less time with your girlfriends. Your responsibilities as a parent often take up a considerable amount of your day leaving very little time to hang out and catch up. Be that as it may, it is imperative to stay connected to your besties and continually cultivate new connections with other women. It may seem that the love and support of your children and significant other are enough, but the reality is that women need strong female connections. Here’s why:

Relatable Communication

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that men are very different from women. Men rely more on logic while women on emotion. They think differently, react differently, and feel differently. While you can have a powerful conversation with your spouse, there’s nothing like the conversations you can have with other women. Though each woman’s background is different, there’s something that’s just easier about opening up to them and understanding them.

Emotional Support

Women, mothers especially, go through a lot. There are so many ups and downs in life that not everyone can relate to. When you have women in your life that you can turn to during these trials and tribulations, you’re able to get the positive energy you need to get through it. Going through a bad breakup? Calling on your best friends or cousins can give you the inspiration you need to pull through. Their compliments, words of encouragement, and faith in you as a woman help to combat those negative thoughts rolling around in your head.

Maybe you’re struggling with addiction and are enrolled at a Newport Beach Women’s Center. Of the many therapeutic services they have to treat addiction, support groups have proven to be very beneficial. You’re surrounded by a group of women who have gone through the same struggles and can provide you with words of empowerment, lessons, and emotional support to push through to recovery.

Accountability

Though you probably couldn’t tell it from today’s climate, real women want nothing more than for other women to succeed. They are genuinely happy when you reach goals, overcome obstacles, and get to a point where you’re living your best life. Meaning, when you surround yourself with women who care about you, believe in you, and want you to succeed, they are going to hold you accountable. They’ll check up on you to see how you’re doing with that new diet, volunteer to go with you to the gym, make sure you enrolled in those courses to start your business, or encourage you to get out of bed after a bad breakup. That accountability boosts your motivation to elevate in life.

Knowledge

When you surround yourself with a positive group of women in your life from best friends and siblings to mentors and spiritual/religious leaders you can learn a lot. Think about it. If you join a mommy and me group you’ll learn a lot about how to best raise your baby from the experiences of other mothers. If you’re a part of a women’s group in your place of worship you’d learn more about your faith and how to apply it to your life. Maybe you link with a female mentor or life coach who gives you guidance on how to get through the common struggles that women face in business or life that can propel you into the future.

Just Plain Fun

Last but not least, having authentic relationships with women is just a lot of fun. You get to let your hair down, bare your soul, gain emotional support, boost your self-esteem, and be exposed to so many different things that bring peace and happiness to your life. There’s nothing like the bond that comes from a good old-fashioned girl’s trip, sleepover, or just sharing a meal with females you can count on and trust. It makes you feel good from the inside out.

Yes, being a mother does leave limited time in your schedule to entertain connections with women outside of your home and professional life. You’re lucky if you can even pencil in a little “me time”. However, as you can see from above, having these important relationships can essentially help you to be a better woman all around. Do yourself a favor and begin reconnecting (or connecting) with females who can provide the type of support listed above.

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Jennifer Shackelford
 

Hi, I’m Jennifer, the founder and editor of TheMamaNeeds.com. On The Mama Needs, I write about experience with pregnancy, raising kids, and nutrition for both kids and expectant moms.. I love that blogging brings parents together and lets our readers know they’re not the only ones going through these experiences. I love seeing comments on my posts that say “I thought it was just me! I’m so glad it’s not!” Being a parent is hard, but friends and blogs really help.

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