If there’s one thing I’ve learned about being a mom over the past four years it’s that making new mom friends can be super uncomfortable.
It’s that weird feeling of being back in middle school and trying to find someone to sit with at lunch. NOBODY wants to sit alone!
It’s vulnerable to put yourself out there, not knowing what kind of response you’ll get back.
“Will she like me?”
“Will she think I’m a complete loser?”
But having a community of friends who support you as a mom is so important. Sometimes you need that outside voice to let you know you aren’t crazy for crying because your toddler smeared poop all over the bathroom. (We’ve all been there!)
Or someone to cheer you on when you are starting to doubt yourself.
Or someone to simply let you know they are there for you if you need them.
Connecting in person can be challenging under normal circumstances for moms (schedules, naps, getting out the door in under an hour. etc). And now with social distancing measures in place, it’s pretty much impossible to connect with another mom in person.
SO, what do we do? One option is to go online.
Virtual community is different from in-person community, but it IS community.
Acknowledging what someone else is going through.
Letting someone know they are still seen.
Cheering others on.
Well, I think it SHOULD be all those things. Not that it always is.
So on this episode of the podcast I talk with mom of two, podcast manager, and online mom community manager Haili Murch.
Haili is the host of This is Legit Motherhood podcast, a podcast all about the real and raw things about motherhood and place for moms to not feel alone in their motherhood journey.
Along with her podcast, she started The Legit Motherhood Community Facebook Group, which is a place for moms to interact and support one another in their motherhood journey.
More About the Guest
Haili is also a podcast manager and helps other moms run their podcasts.
She is married and a mom to 2 young boys.
She loves to travel, write songs, and try new foods!
We talk about
- Why she started her Facebook group for moms
- How to cultivate a supportive online mom community
- The unique challenges and benefits of virtual versus in-person community
- How to find your mom tribe online
Links & Resources
Haili on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hailimurch
More about the Gotcha Mama Podcast:
The Gotcha Mama Podcast is where we share honest stories of the joys and struggles of mom-life with young kids.
Each week host Amanda Bennett interviews a mom about topics ranging from awkwardly making mom friends, to chasing BIG dreams and finding purpose, to managing crippling anxiety and depression. You’ll hear stories from moms like you with the purpose to inspire, encourage, and entertain you.
We understand that motherhood can be lonely and make you doubt yourself. The Gotcha Mama Podcast exists to let you know that you are not alone as a busy mom of young kiddos, no matter what you’re dealing with.
The show is all about tearing down our insecurities as moms by honestly sharing our stories and a little of what we’ve learned along the way.
We believe it’s a whole lot better riding the rollercoaster of motherhood together!
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