Speed Dating for moms is a real thing popping up all over the country and women seem to be loving it. Suddenly I’d get 8th grade lunchroom flashbacks, grab my child mid-slide and zoom off in my car like I’m ridin’ dirty with the cops hot on my trail.
Founder Robin Hieatt says she started a speed dating event for moms called Moms Matched after growing tired of awkward attempts at connecting with other moms at play dates and parks. But do we really need to make new friends in the same way we seek romantic relationships? Where it may have been totally natural for our moms to drop a pie off to the new neighbors next door, this type of “Howdy neighbor” mentality has been in slow decline.
For many mothers, particularly stay at home moms who may not have as many opportunities to interact with other adults as often, that feeling of loneliness can really spiral when you realize you haven’t had an adult interaction with anyone other than your spouse for days and you’re still wearing the wrinkled pajamas and high bun to prove it.
That’s why I love this idea of “Speed Dating” for moms to connect with other local women in an environment that’s light and fun.
It could be they’re a little weird, passive aggressive or vaguebook on Facebook until we just can’t anymore!
— and speed dating events are aimed at connecting moms, perhaps replacing old-school methods such as stalking other moms at the park, signing up for Mommy and Me classes and hoping for “playdate chemistry.” Jillian Darlington's son was two when her marriage fell apart, and she credits her network of moms with being her main support system.“I downloaded Tinder and saw the geo location factor and I thought, ‘Moms need this more than dating people do.’ We’ve always known making friends as an adult is harder,” she said.