Thursday, January 24, 2013

the mom-friend.



Easton has aided in adding a whole new relationship category to my life: the mom friend

 I have met (or reconnected with) six new pals since Easton was born (one friend I met in Nordstrom's nursing mother's room- a match made in heaven!). I just love developing new friendships, and can honestly say that I have a pretty amazing new possè. These women will (hopefully) go the distance and put up with me (and all my crazy-ness) as they get to know me even better! I just love that all my mama- friends have different strengths and talents- my friend Emma is CRAZY crafty, Erica is calm and collected, Shanna is such an attentive mama, and Shayne is hilarious and witty and truly knows how to keep her baby safe and calm! All of my friends inspire me to be a better mother to Easton. And I'm so thankful to them...

















Something I never considered to be a factor in meeting and maintaing mom-friends??? Similar ideas/parenting philosophies, and/or RESPECTING how my friend parents her child. I have friends who I genuinely want to learn from; some of whom have been parenting for longer than I have and are doing an AMAZING job- as evidenced by their fabulous kids!




Today, Easton and I spent time with my pal Alice and her son Buster. Alice is a totally hip and thoughtful mama. She is patient, kind, and respectful of her boy. She plays with him, laughs with him, and disciplines him. I love seeing a mama in action. Being a mother is such a hard and sometimes tedious job (if you do it constantly). As Alice pointed out today, "I want to raise my kid to be even better than I am." That my friends, is a pretty hard job- she's really amazing. But she strives for an even better version of herself in Buster. How inspiring!













What's your favorite parenting tip you've learned from mom-friend?? Honestly, sometimes I feel like taking notes during a play date...











1 comment:

Shanna Murtagh said...

I feel just as blessed to have you in my life!!! Addie and Easton are good buddies and I look forward to getting them together more often. It is so great that we can learn so much from each other, and also love and respect each other's individuality and parenting styles. My best parenting tip was from a pal who said (when I was stressing out about every.little.thing.): She isn't going to go to college..with her pacifier.. (fill in the blank....not sleeping through the night, biting people!, whichever fits your situation). It made me realize, slow down, relax, it is just a short season in her life and I need to breath and move forward.

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