Let me start my saying I hate the term "Mummy Friends". It conjures up a stereotypical image of catty and judgmental women competing with each other through their children.
Definition of Mummy Friends - Friends you have met since becoming a Mummy who are also Mummy's themselves.
I have Mummy Friends. But they are intelligent, funny, brilliant women who offer support and alcohol. Friends to laugh with and friends to cry with.
Personally I think this parenting gig is a whole lot tougher if you don't have Mummy Friends. Whatever life stage you are at you tend to feel better when you have people you can turn to who get where you are coming from because they are in the same situation as you.
Here's my top 10 reasons why you need Mummy Friends:
They won't bat an eyelid when you arrive at the school gates in yesterdays clothes with baby puke down the sleeve.
Chances are they have snot down their jeans.
They don't get bored and start rolling their eyes and stifling yawns when you talk about your kids. You can even tell them about poo and vom and they won't get grossed out.
Forgotten the baby wipes? Got a baby with a giant green slug hanging out of their nose and no tissue? Run out of raisins and the toddler is about to launch operation meltdown? Mummy Friend to the rescue.
They don't look at you all disapproving when your small person is shoving cheerios up their nostrils. They can't because last week you were witness to their small person streaking in the park.
Your social life involves parties that finish at 4:pm. The party guests don't need to be plied with anything to start dancing, and the height of fashion is an Elsa dress. Mummy friends will be at the same parties shoving their faces full of chicken nuggets and wotsits too.
They look after your small people for you whilst you visit the doctors for awkward procedures and to discuss your lady bits. if it wasn't for your Mummy Friends every checkout lady in Sainsbury's would know that "Mummy had to do a wee wee in a tube at the doctors".
You can ask them random questions like "Is it normal that my small person can't dance without smacking his own butt repeatedly and changing random lyrics to 'poo poo head'?" They are like google. Only without all the gross images.
You can have a girls night out with Mummy Friends and not be the only one who is
a) Wearing flats
b) Has no idea what music you are dancing too
c) Plans to be at home in bed by 11:00pm
You can give them the full unabridged birth story (including the stitches) without worrying about 'over sharing'.
When it's been a day full of tears and tantrums, (and not just the small people) Mummy Friends understand, and they always have cake. The really good ones always have wine.
Share this post with the Mummy Friends who know your birth story as well as they know their own :)