How to Include Your Working Mom Friends When You Are a Stay-at-Home Mom
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All too often there seems to be a divide between working moms and stay-at-home moms and it’s not because one thinks they’re better than the other, it simply comes down to schedules. As stay-at-home moms, our schedules tend to be a little bit more flexible and can be filled with activities during the day whereas moms who work outside of the home have set days or hours when they work and cannot do activities. It’s only natural that those schedules prevent moms from spending time with each other, but today I want to challenge you to go out of your way to include working moms in playdates and get togethers.
As followers of Christ we are called to be inclusive rather than exclusive and that means we need to be intentional about including people who have different routines and schedules. Romans 12:4-5 (NLT) says, “Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.” And then there is 1 Corinthians 1:10 (TLB) which says, “But, dear brothers, I beg you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to stop arguing among yourselves. Let there be real harmony so that there won’t be splits in the church. I plead with you to be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.” Even though the schedules of a mom who works outside of the home and a stay-at-home mom differ, you are all mothers and can connect over that purpose.
If you do not currently have may mom friends who work outside of the home, could it be that you just aren’t going out of your way to meet them and spend time with them? I challenge you to intentionally seek out a working mom and set up a playdate or a girl’s night out.
At this point you are probably thinking, “Okay, great, I want to including my working mama friends but how do I actually do it when our schedules are so different?” It is all about being intentional and really making an effort.
One of the best ways to be intentional about spending time with moms who work outside of the home is to get to know their work schedules. I will say that this one is hard for me, solely because I have a terrible memory. I tend to just invite working moms to playdates and things even if I’m not sure if it’s a day they are working or not. It’s always better to ask and have them say no than to not ask at all. Just asking will make them feel more included.
If one of your working mom friends works full-time and only has evenings and weekends free, ask them over for dinner or to special events on the weekend. The time you spend with them may look a little bit different than the time you spend with other stay-at-home moms, it’s not during the day and maybe not quite as chill but that’s okay! Trust me, I’m an introvert and have a hard time going out of my comfort zone of when and where we like to have playdates but once we get there we always have a great time.