While relationships with our husbands and kids are important, they certainly don't offer the level of support that comes from truly understanding our roles as mothers. "Friendships provide a source of support, comfort and degree of separation from our everyday lives," says Emma Viglucci, Marriage and Family Therapist. "Friendships support independence, enhance self-esteem and promote a stronger self-identity." Friends also provide a much-needed distraction from household chores and family schedules. Remember, you're more than mom and wife -- you're also a woman who benefits from peer interaction.
It doesn't matter where you live, how old you are or how many kids you have, chances are, you're a real life super woman. With all of the balls you're juggling, female relationships may take a backseat, but paying attention to your friends doesn't have to take as much time as you may think. "You don't need to carve out a full weekend to reconnect," says Stephanie Goetsch, relationship expert and founder of HerExchange.com. "In fact, small, more frequent doses will keep you continually inspired and uplifted." Try scheduling little get-togethers such as a quick coffee or a jog around the neighborhood. You'd be surprised what a difference a few precious moments can make on your outlook.
So, how do you cultivate female friendships? Viglucci provides the following practical tips: