Just make sure the compliment is sincere or it will come across as a vapid pick-up line," suggests Tara Mandy, publisher of Stroller and co-host of the Cribsie Awards. The more you have, the more kids (and moms) you attract.
Get your kids to play together first and you will have broken the ice without even trying." Once the kids are playing, you can "play," too.
Your church may offer a parent group, or find an indoor play space at a mall when the weather is bad.
Beyond those places, search for online mom groups in your city on sites like or
"But no matter how awkward you feel, just remember every new mom is in the same situation, and all moms, no matter what stage of motherhood they are in, crave friendship."So whether you're a new mom or a mom in a new situation (for example, you just moved to a new location), brushing up on those friend-making skills is key.