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Being a young mom includes many joys, but can also come with some challenges. This is especially true when you’re trying to navigate adult friendships while also caring for little people in your home. But just because life may be different doesn’t mean we shouldn’t prioritize our relationships. It’s still valuable for each of us to have friends. Here are five easy ways to intentionally make friends as a young mom:
  • Join a local moms or MOPS group. After my son was born, my sister-in-law invited me to a local moms group that had joined. Even though it was a struggle to get there with a toddler and newborn in tow, I decided to make the effort. I’m so glad that I did. I didn’t realize how lonely I had been until I was surrounded by other women. I found other moms who could relate to all that I was experiencing as a new mom and it made me feel like I wasn’t alone. Joining that moms group was one of the best decisions I made in those early years and it sparked friendships with women that I still have today.
  • Start conversations with other moms at the park or a play center. Meeting other moms at the park or play centers is another way to potentially meet new friends, especially if they happen to live in your neighborhood and frequent the same places you do.
  • Look for other moms to befriend at your child’s activity or class. When my daughter was two, I took her to a mommy and me class. We met another mom and daughter who became friends and we would all spend time outside of the class. It was nice to have someone my daughter connected with as well.
  • Join a new group or Bible study at your church. Do you have a hobby that you love or an activity you enjoy? Being a mom doesn’t negate our need to enjoy our own interests, and finding a group to be a part of that doesn’t have anything to do with motherhood can  be a great place to find a friend who can support you in what you are passionate about or interested in. Having friends who are in other stages of life is important and valuable to our mothering, as well.
  • Reconnect with an old friend you’ve lost touch with recently. Motherhood can be busy and we can sometimes lose our connection to friends we’ve had in the past. This might be a good time to intentionally reach out to an old friend and catch up on how you’re both doing.
God designed us to be in relationship with others, no matter what stage of life we are in. Friendship is so important in the midst of mothering. If you are lonely, take some time to pray and then look for one place in your life you could reach out to another woman and make a new friend today.

Are you looking for more resources? We wrote a devotional on friendship, The One Year Daily Acts of Friendship: 365 Days to Finding, Keeping and Loving Your Friends as a celebration of healthy friendship. It's encouraging, a tiny bit convicting, and a wonderful way to start or end the day.

Our newest book, the 100 Daily Acts of Friendship for Girls is written specifically for girls aged 8-12 as they navigate friendships in upper elementary and middle school. With a scripture, short story, reflection questions and 50 fun activities to do with you or friends, it's a wonderful way to encourage your daughter, niece, granddaughter, God daughter and her friends to build healthy friendships from an early age.

We've also written two kindness devotionals, The One Year Daily Acts of Kindness Devotional and 100 Days of Kindness. They tell the story of how our families embarked on a one-year journey of kindness, and include our successes, failures, and the encouragement you need as a family to incorporate kindness into your own life.

We would love to walk alongside you in encouragement, inspiration, and community. You can follow us on Facebook and Instagram as The Ruth Experience or sign up for our monthly newsletter (no spam, ever), here.

If you already have one of our books and love them, we'd so appreciate it if you leave a review on Amazon

Julie, Kendra, and Kristin

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While Mother's Day is billed primarily as a family-focused Hallmark holiday, this year Kendra, Kristin, and I are including our girlfriends in the festivities. 

It's often our girlfriends who hold us accountable for being the best version of ourselves. They know our strengths and weaknesses, the lies we tend to believe, and the things that delight us most. 

We're loving the Mother's Day Gift Guide carefully curated by Joyful Life Magazine as we think of the women we love and appreciate. 

They've thought of it all: jewelry, hand made and custom gifts, and of course books—including ours! 

Our books make a perfect Mother's Day, birthday, Christmas, or "just because" gift for the women in your life, including you!  
Our newest book, the 100 Daily Acts of Friendship for Girls is written specifically for girls aged 8-12 as they navigate friendships in upper elementary and middle school. With a scripture, short story, reflection questions and 50 fun activities to do with you or friends, it's a wonderful way to encourage your daughter, niece, granddaughter, God daughter and her friends to build healthy friendships from an early age.

And our adult friendship devotional, The One Year Daily Acts of Friendship is a perfect compliment to our book for tweens. With a daily scripture, story, and friendship prompt, its encouraging and slightly challenging (in a good way!) as you find, keep, and love your friends.   

We've also written two kindness devotionals, The One Year Daily Acts of Kindness and 100 Days of Kindness. They tell the story of how our families embarked on a one-year journey of kindness, and include our successes, failures, and the encouragement you need as a family to incorporate kindness into your own life.

We would love to walk alongside you in encouragement, inspiration, and community. You can follow us on Facebook and Instagram as The Ruth Experience or sign up for our monthly newsletter (no spam, ever), here.

If you already have one of our books and love them, we'd so appreciate it if you leave a review on Amazon. 

We're in this together,

Julie, Kendra, and Kristin

    



 


 

We are so excited to partner with the YouVersion Bible app in offering this free 7 day devotional! 

With over 75,000 competitions, each day in How to Have Intentional Friendships has a daily scripture, story, and friendship prompt. It is encouraging and slightly challenging (in a good way!) as you find, keep, and love your friends.

And, because our first YouVersion devotional was so popular, we added an additional 7 days called How to Have Intentional Friendships, Part II.

Both excerpts are from our book, The One Year Daily Acts of Friendship, available everywhere books are sold.     

Looking for more resources around friendship and kindness? Have you checked out our other books?

Our newest book, the 100 Daily Acts of Friendship for Girls is written specifically for girls aged 8-12 as they navigate friendships in upper elementary and middle school. With a scripture, short story, reflection questions and 50 fun activities to do with you or friends, it's a wonderful way to encourage your daughter, niece, granddaughter, God daughter and her friends to build healthy friendships from an early age.

We've also written two kindness devotionals, The One Year Daily Acts of Kindness and 100 Days of Kindness. They tell the story of how our families embarked on a one-year journey of kindness, and include our successes, failures, and the encouragement you need as a family to incorporate kindness into your own life.

We would love to walk alongside you in encouragement, inspiration, and community. You can follow us on Facebook and Instagram as The Ruth Experience or sign up for our monthly newsletter (no spam, ever), here.

If you already have one of our books and love them, we'd so appreciate it if you leave a review on Amazon. 

We're in this together,

Kristin, Julie, Kendra


  

You asked and we listened! So many of you wanted to use 100 Daily Acts of Friendship for Girls in small
groups, churches, or as a book club book, that we created a resource just for you. We've split the book into 15 weeks and added 60 conversation prompts beyond the daily questions and activities already in the book. The additional flexibility and resources will support you as you support the girl(s) you love. 


And best of all, our Leaders Guide is FREE with a subscription to our monthly newsletter! We share a free kindness or friendship related resource each month along with a quick update, a recommendation or two based on what we are reading, and a gift card giveaway. And that's it! Short, sweet, and encouragingly to the point because we know you are as busy as we are. 

If you don't have our 100 Daily Acts of Friendship for Girls book yet, not to worry. You can pick it up anywhere books are sold online or in bookstores.

It is written specifically for girls aged 8-12 as they navigate friendships in upper elementary and middle school. With a scripture, short story, reflection questions and 50 fun activities to do with you or friends, it's a wonderful way to encourage your daughter, niece, granddaughter, God daughter and her friends to build healthy friendships from an early age.
 

Are you looking for more resources? Have you checked out adult friendship devotional and kindness books?

Our adult friendship devotional, The One Year Daily Acts of Friendship is a perfect compliment to our book for tweens. With a daily scripture, story, and friendship prompt, its encouraging and slightly challenging (in a good way!) as you find, keep, and love your friends.   

We've also written two kindness devotionals, The One Year Daily Acts of Kindness and 100 Days of Kindness. They tell the story of how our families embarked on a one-year journey of kindness, and include our successes, failures, and the encouragement you need as a family to incorporate kindness into your own life.

We would love to walk alongside you in encouragement, inspiration, and community. You can follow us on Facebook and Instagram as The Ruth Experience.

If you already have one of our books and love them, we'd so appreciate it if you leave a review on Amazon.  

We're in this together,

Julie, Kendra, and Kristin