friendship 

Your Turn: A Community of Friends

I think everyone needs a community of friends in their lives -- you just can't get all the support you need from one person. If it takes a village to raise a child, as Hilary Clinton famously wrote, then it takes a network of adults to protect the...Women need a community of friends. Tell us about your own friendship networks.

How to Make Friends With Fellow Moms

Moms who cook together stay together. Credit: Getty Images
Once you get home with the new baby, making friends may be the last thing on your mind.
But going from office worker to parent can take a toll on your social life. Finding...
If you're in need of some bonding time with other moms, check out our tips for expanding your crew.

What to Do When Friendships Become an Issue for Your Child

Friends today, frenemies tomorrow? Credit: Corbis
For some kids, making friends is easy and natural, and for other kids it's ... not. It isn't uncommon for kids to have occasional trouble making or keeping friends, so here's some advice on how...

Friendship Coaches? For Kids? For Real?

No more best friends! Get them out of your kid's life now! Hurry! That's what a new cadre of crazy, creepy child psychologists is recommending for our children's emotional health. So, at summer camps, they're separating the kids who finally...

An A-Z Guide On How To Make New Friends

With a little effort, anyone can make new friends. Credit: jupiterimages
Is your child worried about making new friends over the summer? Fear not! We found this amazing list -- compiled by friendship experts Jane Balvanz and...

The Joys of the Neighbourhood Playgroup

It's 9:30 on a Wednesday morning, and the older children have made their way to school. The smell of fresh-brewed coffee wafts through our house. A loaf of banana bread, baked and frozen last week, has been thawed and sliced, and sits on a plate...

My Friend is Spelling her Baby's Name Wrong

Is there a way to tactfully suggest an alternative (read: more traditional) spelling for a friend's baby name choice? A good friend of mine is giving her child a name with at least a dozen spellings and is using the one most likely to be misspelled....

My Friend Named Her Baby After Auto Parts

Someone I know is having a baby boy, and her husband has a family tradition of giving car-related names, like Mercedes and Axel and such. I'm fine with that (it sounds like fun), but the name she wants to give is Jackford. I won't criticize her name...

Desperately Seeking Mom Friends

It's easy for our kids to make friends. So why is it so hard for moms? Photo courtesy sxc.hu. Amy Corbett Storch was heartbroken when her soul mate left the Washington. D.C. area where the two met, and relocated to California. "It's probably...

Mommy-dating scene a tough one

Have you ever given someone your phone number, and then sat by the phone just waiting for the sweet, sweet sound of her voice on the other end of the line? And was that someone ever another mommy? Oh, yeah, baby, it's mommy-dating is time. And...

Do you have a strong mommy network?

Yesterday, I had an interesting conversation with a group of mothers at Ellie's dance class. We were talking about our children's friends and how difficult it is to talk to another mother when their child has misbehaved while in our homes. The upshot...

Moms: Do you have these five friends?

Today I read an article about the five friends every mom needs. It's sort of like the Chicken Soup for the Soul books with respect to friendship. I'd heard of the five friends for every woman and I think every teen but this was new to me. Of...

Have your friends disappeared now that you've had a baby?

Social circles are so funny...and strange...and very real. I remember the people I hung out with way back when before I even thought about having a child. I barely know any of those folks any more, and the ones I do I see rarely. Back then I also...

Best friends for life

I feel lucky to have lived my entire childhood in the same house. I met the girl who was to become my best friend before I even started kindergarten. Karen lived down the street from me and probably had the biggest impact on my life outside of my...

The Bermuda Triangle of friendship

Ellie has two sets of friends; home friends and school friends. Because she attends a private school miles away from home, there is no overlap in these two sets of pals. Her home friends go to a different school and her school friends live in...

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