Chasing after a toddler at the playground, I looked around and noticed all of the other moms were paired up. Like high school cliques, the moms stuck together chatting away while their children went down the slide. I tried a few times to make conversation but they didn’t seem interested in engaging with the new mom.
I was a first-time mom and the first in my group of friends to have a child. So, I decided I could solve any parenting problem with my mom’s advice and the mountain of parenting books stacked next to my bed.
Ten years later and two more children, I have no idea what I was thinking! My mom friends are some of the best friendships I have. Organically forming friendships by sharing common interests and a lot of laughs has been the key.
I will admit we don’t share too much advice. More stories and a lot of laugh because who really knows what’s right and wrong in the world of parenting?
But with wild schedules and the mounting extracurricular lives of our children, it’s often hard to find the time to catch up. The common solution we’ve all found is creating regular Starbuck’s morning meetings.
Right after school drop off and before the day officially begins, we grab our favorite drinks, an oatmeal and chat away. It’s uninterrupted mom time – that is if you don’t count the under-school-aged children that tag along.
We recently had a new visitor to our Starbuck’s meetings, the Caramel Flan Latte. I’m a Caramel Macchiato lover so the Caramel Flan Latte was an instant hit with me. With the taste of flan and the delicious caramel flavor, it’s an inviting start to your morning, afternoon pick-me up (can be ordered iced or blended) or evening treat.
If you’re trying to keep those new year fitness resolutions, try the Caramel Flan Latte without the whip and low-fat milk. It really does taste just as good!
And be sure to schedule a ‘Between Amigas’ meeting of your mom friends.
As a mother of twin tweens in 2011 and an active Girl Scout Troop leader, Cristy realized there was a need to develop bilingual digital content and foster a community facing the challenges of raising kids after first grade. That year she founded and remains co-Publisher of Los Tweens & Teens, to support multicultural parents and mentors with content related to raising Gen Z- tweens & teens ages 7-18. Through the Los Tweens & Teens LIVE events such as Teens & Me – the growing team aims to provide our community with essential resources from chats with therapists to battle anxiety and bullying, to understanding social media and technology.
A New Jersey native of Cuban decent, Cristy is a board member of Amigos For Kids – a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse in the South Florida community. She is a teenage cancer survivor and speaks nationally at conferences and volunteers with cancer-awareness organizations such as St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Florida.