Babble.com: To the socially awkward new mom

This post originally appeared on Babble.com, titled “When you’re socially awkward, mom groups are your worst nightmare” on June 15, 2016.

It’s Tuesday night and you are filled with dread. Tomorrow is mother’s group day, when 20 or more strangers with babies will gather at a suburban park or hospital rec room.

And as much as you crave the company of adults — particularly other new mothers to share your joys and frustrations — you can’t help but feel … well, awkward. On top of being hyper-conscious of your gargantuan t-shirt and the ponytail thrown together during your baby’s 6.5 minute-long nap, you’ve seen how unpredictable these gatherings can be. One could make a friend or witness a face-off between two exhausted moms over whose baby sleeps the longest or who’s hosted a larger play date – and why.

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Surviving New Parenthood in the Digital Age

For new parents, there’s the good and the bad, and then there’s the Internet.

Online resources are a draw especially for that subset who’d spent their lives living in big bad baby-free cities or ran from anything child-related prior to having one. (Or who, like myself, once mistakenly bought a dog outfit for a newborn).

From Buzzfeed.com

From Buzzfeed.com

But with discussion forums and blogs, social networks and newsletters, are new parents an overcommunicated bunch? Continue reading