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Making Friends in Cyberspace.

by Tracy Evans

 

Remember how easy it was to make friends back in high school and college? Boy, those were the days gal pals were a dime a dozen. Even if you got mad at so and so it didn’t matter because the next girl was right there to take her place at the lunch table. I don’t know about you but about five years out of college my pool of friends suddenly got smaller. Great friends, just not as many. Once you’re out in the real world it often takes effort to find fabulous females. Yuk. Effort means work and who wants more work added to their “to do” list? I sure don’t. Thankfully the internet is making friendships fun and easy again. You never know you just might find a group of friends that even Carrie Bradshaw would envy.

 

If you’re nearing the big 4-0 or well past it already you might want to check out the new site Fabulously40.com [1] “an online community for women in their prime." Like Carrie and friends up in New York the ladies on this site meet life head on whether they are wearing dingy old slippers or shiny new Manolo Blahniks. So if you’re feeling fabulous or even if you’re not think about joining their ranks and post a profile, write a blog, and or even promote your business. Or take a sneak preview and sign-up for the newsletter. Just a second ago the latest edition landed in my mailbox I almost hit delete, but the title of an article caught my eye, “Self-Esteem is in Your Jeans”. It’s the site’s founder, Yana Berlin’s frank account of how her daughter helped her with her weight struggle. Just goes to show you that everybody gets real on the site. Who wouldn’t want to count her as one of their go-to girls?

 

If you’re ready to pull your hair out after a day of dealing with your hormone crazed teen you might be craving some much needed advice. Try cafemom.com [2] where you can “make new friends” and “express yourself.” It’s for moms with kids of all ages but as we all know the teen years can even cause the sanest parent to go crazy. So if you can’t figure out what to do about your 16-year-old daughter’s shopping addiction. Just ask and chances are you’ll get an earful from other members. You can even return the favor and respond to other member’s questions, “My ten year old has started to develop but doesn’t want to wear a training bra. What should I do?” Hmm. Good question. I have no idea but two dozen members helped the struggling mom out with the dilemma. That’s what good girlfriends do.

 

Now if you’re a single mom that’s a whole different story. Sometimes raising kids on your own can make you feel like an outcast but you’ll feel welcome on singlemom.com [3]. Whether you’re single by choice or otherwise this is a great place to meet woman who totally get what you’re going thru each day. The site is chock full of links to self-help books like The Single Mom’s Survival Guide, Raising Boys Without Men, and Mom’s House, Dad’s House. It’s also a great resource for financial help whether you’re looking for coupons, investing advice, and tax tips. Best of all, if you don’t find what you’re looking for here the site provides a long list of other sites geared towards single mommies.

 

Of course, if you’re reading this you’re already familiar with mommytrackd.com [3]. As you know all too well, managing a career and kids (or even just thinking about going back to work) doesn’t leave much time for friends either. That’s why it’s always comforting to connect with other moms on the site. You’ll laugh, sigh or maybe even cry while reading about how moms from all walks of life make it thru each day without quitting their jobs or their kids!

 

Now finding friends online may not be the same as meeting a new girlfriend at the local coffee shop but it’s worth a shot. You never know you just might find your very own Carrie,

Sam antha, Miranda or Charlotte. And even if you don’t at least you’ll have fun trying and maybe even learn a thing or two along the way.

 

Tracy Evans is contributing writer for Mommy Track'd [3] and a long-time television producer whose work has appeared on the Travel Channel, FOX, Court TV, Lifetime to name a few. When she isn’t producing television shows, writing for magazines, or dreaming her life away she is busy chasing 19-month-old Natalia around the house, negotiating parenting chores with her husband and trying to stay cool down in steamy Miami.

 

 

 


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