My children put me in situations with other moms all the time at the playground, school events and activities. Yet I can count on one hand the number of true blue mom friends I've met under these circumstances.
A mom friend is someone who just gets you and the experience of being a mother. She lives nearby making popovers and quick visits convenient, and her schedule aligns with yours for playdates. She always saves you a seat at soccer practice and knows how to listen without judgment.
It's a valuable friendship we covet because the relationship is a gateway into the world of adults, and that's more than just a nice thing to have. It's a necessity. Google “making mom friends" and see how many results pop up. If there are so many of us looking for more mom friends to share the mundane, maddening and marvelous moments of motherhood, then why is it so hard to actually make them?
A lot of times, the challenge is chalked up to the logistics involved in befriending a fellow mom, and this is valid. The practical reality of being out and about with kids—their distractions, interruptions, and schedules—make it tricky to get past casual conversations to form meaningful bonds. But this...