Playground dynamics are not limited to the kids on the swings and the slides. Moms have a chance to interact during playgroups, social outings, school functions and other kid-inspired events. Some moms make friends naturally while others struggle to socialize. If you're always the "odd mom out," what can you do to improve your mommy likability rating?
If you don't see the need to be friendly with other moms on the playground or in another social setting, you may want to reconsider. "No man is an island and no mom can go it alone," says Scott. "We need each other! The best thing about getting to know other moms is realizing how normal your struggles are." While it may be uncomfortable for you to approach another mom or reciprocate when someone tries to spark a conversation, you could certainly end up benefitting from leaving your comfort zone.
Do you find yourself wondering why moms on the playground aren't coming up to you to chat while animated conversations seem to be taking place everywhere you look? Consider your non-verbal communication. Your facial expressions, tone of voice and body language are powerful tools to either attract or repel potential friends. "If you have a tendency to avoid eye contact, look preoccupied or use a sharp tone of voice, work to correct that behavior and be a little forgiving if you see someone else doing these things," says Scott. "Sometimes I'll see this behavior with another person and ask, 'Are you having a rough day?' If they are, they almost always melt. If there's no apparent reason for the standoffish behavior, they now know they're doing it."
While most moms are well-meaning, sometimes personal differences lead to disagreements or an uncomfortable situation. In such cases, Scott provides the following tips to resolve the conflict:
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