4 Reasons I’m Thankful for My Friends Without Kids

I have so much to be thankful for. I’m thankful for my beautiful family, an amazing husband, for the health of people around me, for my friends, and for all the other blessings God has placed in my life. I am eternally grateful and incredibly blessed.

This Thanksgiving I want to take a moment to show my grateful appreciation for my friends who have stuck with me even though I’m a terrible friend to them. I’ve been reading a lot about mom’s making terrible friends and I couldn’t agree more. I’m talking about my friends who have not had children, yet. Maybe they aren’t ready for parenthood yet. This is a plan they have for the future but have some life situations to work out before the huge sacrifice of parenthood comes into the picture. Or maybe they have a completely different reason for not embarking on the journey of parenthood. They may not always understand my state of mind as a new mother or the circumstances surrounding my spacey brain, but they have stuck with me. I am so thankful for these people.

These individuals are rare. We are not in the same season of life yet they still find time for me and my family. Below I have listed 4 ways they have blessed me over these past 3 years and some ideas for those of you looking to bless your mom friends (even though they make terrible friends).

1. Baby sitting for date nights. Marriage is really hard and it gets even harder when you add children to the mix. Offering to babysit (even for free if you’re feeling generous) is one of the biggest ways you can bless your mom friend. Offering your services is a not so subtle way of showing how much you care for not only me, but my marriage.

2. Girls nights! This is where my single childless friends are such a breath of fresh air. I spend most of my time giving to two tiny people and I love it. But motherhood is a 24 hour per day job. Everyone needs a break and there is nothing I love more than to get out of the house and discuss something other than diapers, teething, and whatever other disgusting thing is my reality. It’s fun to sit and chat about boys, jobs, the new Gilmore Girls Netflix premier or anything else other than my children.

3. Helping me remember me. The random text messages (because they know better than to call) asking how my day is going. It’s true, mom’s make terrible friends. I make a terrible friend. I have a hard time remembering there are people outside of my home that could use my attention as well. But when a friend remembers me amidst her busy schedule I’m reminded that there is life beyond poopy diapers and spit up.
4. Special relationships with my children. My friends have formed such special bonds with my children. They have their own nicknames for each other, little inside jokes and games they play, and it’s to the point now where my daughter wants my husband and I to “”go to work” so my friends can come to her house to play. This is so precious to my heart. To have friends who not only accept my children but welcome them as a part of their circle of friends. They love my children like family and as someone who lives far away from family this is an invaluable relationship that I will forever be grateful.

To my friends, thank you for being such a blessing. I know it isn’t easy. I know kids can complicate, distract, and make everything just that more difficult but you are priceless to me. I know I’m not always he best at showing it, but you mean the world to me, my children, and my family. You make me a better wife, mom and friend. And for that, I thank you.

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