Category: Everyone Needs Playdates

The Real Reason Making New Friends is Hard (Especially for Adults)

I stepped out of the shower for the day — never mind that it was already 2 p.m. I just moved into a new home, in a new city, and every day had been a different variety of crazy. Any minute I was expecting my sister-in-law to drop off her kids for me to babysit. I quickly got dressed, wiped the mascara from under my eyes and, not having time for my contact lenses, grabbed my dirty glasses. My hair was still wet so I threw it up in a towel on top of my head. The doorbell rang....

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My hesitation with the new Entrepreneur Barbie

Over the years Barbie has had over 130 different careers — most all of them perky and pink. In the 1960’s, Barbie was an astronaut and registered nurse. In the last few years she has been a sassy computer engineer, stylish architect and even a presidential candidate. Next month Mattel launches an entrepreneur doll ,and I’m underimpressed. As an entrepreneur myself, I think it’s appropriate this Barbie comes with a tablet and smartphone. (Heaven knows those are a standard today in the business place.) And though she’s rocking entrepreneurship Barbie-style in a pink and black sheath dress, I wish she looked...

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How to make friendships a priority — and why it’s important

All the tables around us had long been bussed and wiped. The wing of the restaurant was empty except for our table. Four hours earlier, one of my best friends and I had left our children home with our husbands just to sneak away for a late-night dessert — and much needed girl time. We laughed and cried and laughed again. By now, our cellphones were buzzing with text messages from our worried husbands. And yet, even after four hours, we felt as if we had twice as much to still talk about. We returned home later than expected...

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Networking for moms can be about MUCH more than business opportunities

Many stay-at-home moms think networking is not for them. Often they think it’s just too much work or creates too much trouble — and they have some reason to think so. Networking has a very business-oriented connotation. Photographer and blogger Cassia Denton’s first thoughts about networking were “meeting or socializing with potential business associations.” Lots of moms agree with her. But what if networking can have a broader reach? In a previous MOMentity article we talked about the importance of learning to “mom network.” What if we change our entire perception of networking altogether? What if it’s not about preparing for...

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