Some mothers and daughters talk about puberty and periods in isolation. It used to be that moms in a community came together and helped each other get through the changes that come with their daughters’ adolescence. From celebrating coming-of-age rituals to passing on vital knowledge about womanhood, daughters relied on a community of women to help them be their unstoppable selves.
Puberty can be a difficult period for mothers and daughters, and the bottom line is, you don’t have to go at it alone. But we know trying to connect can cause a scheduling disconnect. It can be so hard to meet other moms when you’re busy with work or parenting or both! But remember, maintaining a network of friends isn’t just for you, it’s for your daughter, too. Here are some ideas for connecting with other moms.
Caffeinate: You need that morning cup and so do all your friends, so head to the coffee shop early to catch a quick chat before work or playdates.
Celebrate: Find an excuse to throw a party and invite your girlfriends along with the kids. Give the kids something to keep themselves occupied while you get in some girl talk.
Congregate: Join a club, class or organization. You know book club doesn’t always talk about the books, right?
Create: Bake, knit, sew, scrapbook, paint — it doesn’t matter. When you’re creating something together, it’s a great time to express yourself.