9 Awesome Ways to Be There for a Mom Friend

9 Awesome Ways to Be There for a Mom Friend

Get inspired by the caring, thoughtful ways women helped good friends through hard times.

By: Lorraine Allen

Moms all need support, in many ways, and at many points throughout parenthood. Sometimes, they need help with their kids or with their housing, transportation, or finances. And other times, they need support in making difficult decisions or in getting through tough times. Whatever the reason, it’s important to know how to be there when a mom friend needs you. And helping a good friend in crisis is a great way to build a support system for yourself, too, because those friends will be there to lend a helping hand or shoulder to cry on when it’s your turn to reach out for support. Here, nine moms share the awesome ways they helped friends in times of need:

1. “When my neighbor’s house flooded, I was up half the night helping her mop and pump out water and washing and drying things. And I watched her kids as often as I could until she was able to get her home back in order, which took weeks.” -- Amy, New York

2. “When my best friend lost her baby from a rare infection at 25 weeks of pregnancy, I sat with her in the hospital, cried with her, and returned all her unneeded baby gear afterwards, so she would not have to go through that painful process.” -- May, Florida

3. “I watched my friend’s toddler for five days when she had to go take care of her two very sick in-laws far away. It was hard, but there was no way she could have brought her kid along.” --Ann, Texas

4. “I made and delivered dinner two to three nights a week for months after our friends’ home was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.” -- Carrie, New York

5. “I surprised my friend with tickets to a comedy show when she had been going through a really hard time. We had a great time; it was so nice to see her laugh again.” -- Mary, New York

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6. “After my friend’s husband suddenly left her, she was devastated, and scared for the future. I helped her figure out a workable budget and look for jobs, and gave emotional support whenever I could until she felt less overwhelmed.” -- Emily, Washington, D.C.


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7. “When my friend was having trouble stringing together enough child care for her new baby, I offered my day off to watch her infant daughter every week until something else opened up. I loved every minute of it.” – Sheri, California

8. “When my good friend suffered severe postpartum depression after the birth of her third child, I made a point to take her out and have FUN a couple of times of month and helped her find a support group and a therapist. It made a world of difference to her recovery.” -- Sue, New York

9. “My best friend’s mom and dad both passed unexpectedly right before [the holidays] and she was beyond devastated and shaken. I helped her clear out their old home, pack their things up, and donated items to charities for her, while our kids were at school. She was so glad to not have to do it all alone.” -- Kira, California

In what ways have you really been there for a mom friend?

Lorraine Allen is a writer, and mom and personal chef to one spunky 6-year-old girl with severe food allergies. You can enjoy their delicious recipes and follow their amusing family cooking adventures at Feeding Lina.

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