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[[ Read Book ]] ñ Women are Scary: The Totally Awkward Adventure of Finding Mom Friends ß When you show up at the park for the first time with your little ones spilling out of the van, scan the swing set for anyone you might recognize, and notice that all the other moms are already hanging out in pairs, you realize that your awkward adventure of finding mom friends has only just begun Too many women are frazzled and lonely, isolated in their minivans while schlepping bags, strollers, and munchkins to and fro across town It doesn t have to be this wayIn this hilarious yet thought provoking guide to momlationships, blogger Melanie Dale uses a dating analogy to help women get intentional about bonding with each otherWe are better together, she writes We make each other better moms, better humans We need each other, because mothering is just too darn hard Moms will discover how to make sure their kids aren t the only ones having fun, develop lifelong friendships, share their burdens, and join together to impact communities around the world Women are Scary is about how to make friends as a mom Melanie Dale shows the stages of female friendship bases , with tips on when and how to move onto the next base She shares stories along the way that are relatable and usually hilarious to illustrate her points She is honest about how sometimes relationships fizzle out in first or second base, and how a third or fourth base relationship break can be painful and heart breaking Included are tips on how to survive a break up, heal from Women are Scary is about how to make friends as a mom Melanie Dale shows the stages of female friendship bases , with tips on when and how to move onto the next base She shares stories along the way that are relatable and usually hilarious to illustrate her points She is honest about how sometimes relationships fizzle out in first or second base, and how a third or fourth base relationship break can be painful and heart breaking Included are tips on how to survive a break up, heal from the past, and try again Bible verses are sprinkled throughout to back up her perspective, and movie quotes kick off each chapter I loved this book I read it in 2 days, and laughed out loud at least once per chapter, and sometimes multiple times a page I could totally relate to her weirdness and sense of humor, as well as her oversharing tendencies, infertility struggles, and desire to save the world, one orphan at a time I appreciated her honest struggles in making friends, the great tips for how to meet moms and how to recover from failures More than anything, I was thankful for the laughs, and felt like she and I could be fourth basers, if we only lived in the same area I began to think of the women in my life, and what base we are on, and which ones I might be able to take to the next level, and which ones I might just need to let die a natural death I thought about which friendships we could make couple friendships with, or at least give it a shot.I recommend this book to any mom who has trouble with friendships or needs a good laugh I m pretty sure that if you are a mom that you would fit into at least one of those categories, so check it out I think I am too advanced in my parenting years to fully appreciated this book I became a mother at 23, when most of my friends were either still in college or just wrapping up their formal education When I took my kids to the park or the library, I was the youngest parent by several years This did not make for mommy bonding Even now, when I m friends with many parents who have kids the same age as my teens, I m still the young one compared to most which, frankly, is kind of awesome whe I think I am too advanced in my parenting years to fully appreciated this book I became a mother at 23, when most of my friends were either still in college or just wrapping up their formal education When I took my kids to the park or the library, I was the youngest parent by several years This did not make for mommy bonding Even now, when I m friends with many parents who have kids the same age as my teens, I m still the young one compared to most which, frankly, is kind of awesome when your 40th birthday is closer than you want to admit My foray into the parenting world has been a mix between hanging out and learning from parents who have years of life experience on me, or trying to relate to my college and high school friends raising preschoolers In some ways, though, I m glad I did it this way because the Mama Drama Melanie Dale writes about it just too much I m all for forming friendships with other mothers, but does it really take so much effort that we should approach it like dating I ve met some incredible parents through school events, extracurricular activities, volunteering, killing time in the school parking lot, etc I ve also met parents I knew right away I would not have anything in common with and that s OK Well, maybe it wasn t that one time I texted my husband from a PTA event that I felt like the girl in middle school who didn t have anyone to sit with at lunch But I m over it now Really Dale is right when she writes that navigating friendships as a parent is tricky My advice for moms searching for mom friends Limit the amount of parenting talk you do Every child is different What works on one kid won t work on another Not every part of your parenting philosophy will mesh Instead of letting that destroy what could be a great friendship, focus on each other, not your offspring After all, mothers deserve to have a life, too Disclaimer I am friends with the author Truth I loved this book It s hilarious and oh so honest and a good read Melanie knows women are scary They are intimidating and mean and callous And they re all afraid of each other But we shouldn t be and she points out ways to make friends and put yourself out there in her book She goes over the four bases of dating, a baseball reference that she admittedly doesn t really get, but nonetheless fits her analogy She references science fiction movi Disclaimer I am friends with the author Truth I loved this book It s hilarious and oh so honest and a good read Melanie knows women are scary They are intimidating and mean and callous And they re all afraid of each other But we shouldn t be and she points out ways to make friends and put yourself out there in her book She goes over the four bases of dating, a baseball reference that she admittedly doesn t really get, but nonetheless fits her analogy She references science fiction movies and TV to her nerdy heart s content and throws in a few book quotes too While she s a Christian and has a few Bible verses, she isn t pushing an agenda on you Melanie writes with a genuine heart for women and just wants to share what she s learned over the years since becoming a mom in a way that makes you feel included She even gives you a full frontal hug from the opening pages I follow Melanie s blog www.unexpected.org , so like thousands of other women who read the post that inspired this book, I knew Women are Scary would be both poignant and hilarious poignant because she speaks truth and hilarious because, well, she s Melanie Dale She likens finding mom friends to the traditional dating metaphor of rounding the bases on the baseball field Melanie encourages women to embrace their inadequacies, even while forgiving those of the other women in our lives She s t I follow Melanie s blog www.unexpected.org , so like thousands of other women who read the post that inspired this book, I knew Women are Scary would be both poignant and hilarious poignant because she speaks truth and hilarious because, well, she s Melanie Dale She likens finding mom friends to the traditional dating metaphor of rounding the bases on the baseball field Melanie encourages women to embrace their inadequacies, even while forgiving those of the other women in our lives She s transparent about her own weaknesses and in the process shows us all how to make them work to our advantage In my own life, I felt the most isolated in terms of my friendships when my kids were very young I wasn t working, and my four small children were very demanding Getting out proved difficult, if not impossible, most days I had to learn how to be intentional with relationships, and mostly just get over myself I wish I would have had a book like this to reassure me that I wasn t alone and that there were other women out there just like me The Women are Scary book outlines some practical steps for forging meaningful relationships It even includes real stories from real women from all over the country Finding mom friends is an adventure, and it doesn t have to be awkward It might be a little scary, but only because we remember how friendship used to come so naturally and now that we re older and our lives are busy, it just takeswork I read this book in two days, laughing out loud over and over again You will especially enjoy this book if you are a new mom or a working mom or a mom who just wants to develop deeper relationships with the people she already knows and loves It s not all sunshine and roses, though There s also a chapter on breaking up, which is never easy, but sometimes necessary As an added bonus, Melanie includes ways to engage with the broader community to make the world a sweeter place to live Read the book, and discover that women are anything BUT scary