"Other Mother" Cliques
We define ourselves in different ways, and we can be drawn to other mamas who may be like us in one way or another. When we gravitate to other like mamas, do we then alienate and exclude others? Do we find ourselves on the outside of a circle, do we struggle to find ways in? How can we approach a group of mamas who already have such strong bonds and intimacy? An urbanMama recently emailed about her experiences with mama circles and wanted to hear about yours:
I'm hoping to ask a question about dealing with the "other mother" cliques. I have three children, two of whom are school aged. For both of their classes, I feel like I'm back in junior high when it comes to interacting with other mothers. There are sub-groups, parties they talk about, inside jokes, etc. Unlike other adult relationships, I have to see these folks all of the time. I certainly have some friends among them, but considering I'm an introvert, it can certainly be overwhelming. I'd love to have some strategies before my third enters school. Any thoughts?