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7 Friends Every Mom Needs

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It doesn't really matter if you are a stay-at-home, work-at-home or working mom—if we're not careful, this motherhood thing can be a lonely gig. You either spend most of your day caring for toddlers who speak in gibberish and make demands, or holed up in a cubicle for eight hours a day.

Moms need friends, too, but with everything we have on our plate it may be difficult to prioritize our relationships. During this uniquely chaotic and rewarding season of life, there is nothing more refreshing than spending time with someone who gets you and gets what you are experiencing every single day. Are you looking to expand your in-real-life friends list? Here are 7 friends every mom needs.

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1. The friend who gets you

No matter what your day-to-day looks like, it is crucial that every mom has a friend who understands exactly what she is going through. If you are a working mom, pumping every three hours to keep up with a newborn who eats around the clock, you need a friend who is right there in the trenches with you. If you are a stay-at-home mommy, struggling to keep toddlers entertained during cold, winter months, latching on to another stay-at-home mommy is important, too.

2. The friend who tells it like it is

Let's face it, every once in awhile, us moms need someone who will speak the cold, hard truth. That is why every mom needs a friend who will tell like it is, calling you at 6 a.m. to tell you to get out of bed and go for that run, being the first to bravely tell you to put your big girl underwear on and clean out that fridge, or schedule that appointment you've been avoiding for weeks.

3. The friend who tells you exactly what you want to hear

Sometimes we selectively send a text because we know a friend will tell us exactly what we want to hear. Which of your friends will cheer you on when you decide to pick up takeout for dinner or encourage you to indulge in leftover cake for breakfast? Best put her on speed dial, and quick.

4. The friend who is childless and single

Some moms may find it hard to maintain a friendship with a single friend after getting married and having kids. The truth is, these friend are actually the best to grab a glass of wine with when you're drowning in to-do lists and dirty diapers and need a night away to pretend the responsibilities don't exist.

5. The friend who gives really great advice

Unsolicited advice can be so annoying; no one wants a friend who is a sanctimommy. But every once in awhile, you really do need someone who gives great advice when asked. Are you looking to strategize a new approach to dealing with toddler tantrums or are you completely freaked out about that weird looking rash that won't clear up? This is the girl you call, every time. Bonus points if this friend can also double as your "been there, done that" friend.

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6. The friend who will drop everything at a moment's notice

When your day is going south, and you are sure there is no rescuing it, sometimes the only thing left to do is call in reinforcements. This is why every mom needs a friend who will drop everything at a moment's notice, whether they need an emergency caffeine fix or someone to watch their kids when they take an injured toddler to the emergency room.

7. The friend who is always game for a heart-to-heart talk

Being a mom is hard, and it is typically just a portion of who we are and how we spend our time. We are balancing our parenting responsibilities while trying to care for our significant others, keep up with work and make time for ourselves—and it is really hard work. When everything seems too much or when we just need help sorting out all the feels, a friend who is always game for a heart-to-heart talk is totally invaluable.

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