I am a mom and I have been through the very real struggle of trying to find mom friends. Once you have a baby it is hard not to feel disconnected from friends that don’t have children or even disconnected from everyone regardless of if they have kids or not. Your life just got turned around and you are now dealing with parks, poop and nap schedules but you still need friends.
I suffered from postpartum depression and anxiety and leaving the house was a BIG struggle, let alone leaving the house with the baby to try and find new friends. Once I had treated my depression for a while I had the clarity to start a moms group myself and it was the best thing I could have done.
Fast forward 4.5 years and we left St Louis to head for Denver. Now I had a kiddo that was at the age where people tend to stop going to mom’s group put their kiddo in school and find new adventures, however, I was in a brand new city now and had no mom friends at all! Once again I was lucky to find a Denver moms group where I felt like I fit. Five and a half years later many of those moms are still some of my closest friends.
Where to find mom friends in Denver?
I am in a new stage now where my boy is 11 and I don’t know where I would have found friends if we had just moved to a new city. I decided to ask around and search out some solutions for new moms and moms moving to Denver.
Mom Groups in Denver Including the Kids
MOPS – Mothers of Preschoolers – There are many chapters throughout Denver and I know many moms that found soul mate friends at MOPS.
MOD Moms – This is one of the best mom groups I have seen. They offer so many different groups so that you can find things you love and people that love the same thing. Another great thing about this group is it doesn’t matter how young or old your kids are, there is a group for you!
FACEBOOK GROUPS – Go to Facebook and search for mom groups, there are many other moms on there in the same boat that would be happy to meet up. Don’t let the bad apples get you down. Keep trying till you find the right fit. Here are some local groups to try, I know there are a lot more but these are groups I have found to be active.
- Denver Moms
- Thornton Moms
- Moms of North Denver Metro
- Brighton Moms
- Westminster Moms
- Broomfield Colorado Moms
- Lakewood Moms
- Moms of Highlands Ranch, Littleton and Parker
- Colorado Firestone/Frederick Moms
Moms Club – I will be honest I have heard mixed things about Moms Club. I think it is worth a try though as it may fit some personalities better than others. There are several throughout the Denver Metro area.
Macaroni Kid Events – There are many Macaroni Kids sites for different towns. The Macaroni kid leader for Thornton/Northglennholds regular events including Meet a new Mom events. I think these are invaluable as they are smaller groups that allow you to make connections in a comfortable space. Google Macaroni Kids in your area.
Library Classes – Many of our libraries including the great Anythink branches hold classes for those with younger kids. These can be a great way to do something with your kiddo and make new friends.
Finding Friends in Denver without the Kids
Let’s face it as parents we often need nights out or time out without the kids but we still want friends that can relate to where we are at in our lives. Here are some places to try if you are looking for something to do without the kids.
- Beer or Wine Groups – I run a moms beer group in the North Denver Metro area because I love beer and I love meeting new mom friends. There are also beer groups that are not mom-centric where you can meet people from all walks of life.
- Mom Night Out Groups – Meetup and Facebook are good places to search for mom’s night out groups and if you can’t find one in your area – start one!!!
- Gyms – Get fit and meet new friends, the gym can be a great place to do this and often they will provide childcare if you want to go during the day.
- Local Churches – Many local churches have different groups throughout the day and evenings. From Bible study to dinner clubs, you might be able to find something that suits your hobbies or lifestyle choices.
- Local Rec Center – From book clubs to swimming clubs, your local rec center can be a great place to find other parent friends.
- Hiking Groups – We live in such a great outdoors place that many moms will get together and hike. See if you can search out your local mom’s hiking group or start one yourself.
Tips to Finding Mom Friends in Denver
From an expert at starting out fresh and finding some great friends I thought I would add some quick tips.
Don’t Say You Hate People – I know we all have different personalities, some of us are introverts and some extroverts, however putting out a call for friends that includes the words ” I hate people” probably doesn’t help. You just need to find your right people!
Try Something New – Be willing to get out of your comfort zone a little. Sometimes you have to do something you don’t particularly like so that you can put yourself out there and find friends.
Be Open – Be open to different groups and different kinds of people. Sometimes those ones that turn out to be your lifelong friends are people you never would have imagined liking at the beginning!
Don’t Give Up – Please don’t just go to one or two groups then give up and think it’s hopeless. Believe me, I tried several different ways to find mom friends and some of them just didn’t cut it! But…… I kept pushing and it really paid off!
Get Help – If you feel isolated, have anxiety, depression or you just can’t work up the courage to leave home and get out there please get help. I have been there, it is not fun and sinking deeper into the hole makes it harder to get yourself out. Let someone know what you are going through and contact a professional.
If you are moving to Denver, a new mom, or a mom that is looking for mom friends in Denver I would love to help you, however, I can. Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my best to connect you to some wonderful people that hopefully become your lifelong friends!