1. Building a new friendship is a lot like when you were kids.  You want to hang out with someone like yourself.  Someone just as fun, hip and cool.  You want to make time with that person, in a meaningful way, but usually based around common interests and activities you can do in your spare time.  Give some of these tips a whirl and enjoy your new friends!

2. Use a service like, which hosts outings for everything under the sun that you could imagine.  It is for other people like you, just looking to make a connection with others that share your interests.

3. Use a daily deal, like Groupon to help you find an activity you like. That’s a great way to meet others that are interested in that activity.  If it becomes a regular meet up, its easier to make friends and be in an environment where you are already both entertained.  A cup of coffee afterwards can be an easy segue into making a bond.

4. Meet people at church.  If you are involved in a religion, this is a great place to meet like minded people.  Churches have many opportunities to become involved in your community, and for regular meetups

5. Join an adult sports league.  Although I have never been, the signs for “adult kickball” do sound pretty tempting.  It seems like that would be a good place to get a little exercise, meet some people, and have a lot of fun.

6. Get out with your dog (or maybe even get a puppy). Lifehacker readers Em and Powermobydick (on Twitter) say that walking their dogs and going to dog parks have helped them meet new people. Other obvious but still effective ways to get out there include volunteering, starting a new hobby, joining a neighborhood book club, and even traveling.

7. Join the “Y”.  A gym has a lot of opportunities for you to get involved in classes, or just work out.  With everything from a light paced yoga class, all the way into the pits of the weight lifting area, you are sure to meet someone that has a similar interest.

8. Join a PTA or similar organization at your child’s school.  These groups are filled with people that, like you, love their children and want to be involved in their life.  To be honest, they also are usually filled with people that want to expand their social life outside of their children but don’t know how.  It’s a great way for you to make friends, and still involve your child.

9. Find some volunteer work!  My grandparents volunteer at a local theater and have found many people they connect with, but there are so many places you can get involved in and meet people that, like you, just want to help.  Pick a cause that is close to you, and by default you will meet others that also care.

10. Make a weekly activity time with a friend you have and would like to see more, or rekindle an old friendship with some friends.  If every Friday you make some time for you and a friend to go fishing, or to have a cocktail and dessert at a local restaurant, you will have something to look forward to with that friend, and it can make for a lot of fun!

11. And lastly, don’t forget to say “Hi!” to people.  I was born in the south and we could strike up a conversation with our “new best friend” in the checkout line at the grocery store, at the gas pump, or standing in line at the DMV.  Put yourself out there and good luck meeting new people!  It can be tough, but nothing is more rewarding than having an adult friend to confide in, and spend time with.

Sometimes its tough for moms and dads to think of ourselves first, but a little time out with a pal is so valuable to being a well balanced and loving parent.

modernJessica is the founder & managing editor of Modern Day Moms, an award-winning national publication with articles centered around the latest trends, arts & crafts, recipes, must-haves, travel & more. Aside from blogging, Jessica also manages to make time for social media by managing some of the most popular twitter accounts in the country. Wife to a talented artist, she is also mom to an adorable little girl who can navigate electronics like nobody’s business.

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