Let’s set the scene: It’s 11 p.m. on a Friday night. I’m in my pajamas, drinking tea and consulting my friends on their outfits for the night. “Definitely go for the jacket,” I say. “You don’t want to get cold on the walk home.”
In that moment, fuzzy blanket on my lap and doling out advice about health and hydration, it hits me – I’m truly the "mom friend." And this is definitely not a strange setting for those of you “moms” out there. How can you tell if you’ve become the mom friend? Well, moms do what moms do, such as the following:
1. You’re always prepared. Whether it’s the umbrella in your backpack, bandaids in your pocket, or snacks in your fridge, you’re always ready to help out your friends, even if it means you get rained on later or have nothing to satisfy your late night cravings.
2. You’re the designated driver ... or at least designated to request the Uber. No matter how much fun you’re having, you can’t help but worry about how everyone’s getting home.
3. You remind everyone to do their homework … and you are probably on top of yours too.
4. You wake up your roommate if they oversleep. And ask if they’ve eaten. And vacuum the room for fun.
5. Your catch phrase is “Have fun! Stay safe!” Your favorites also include “text me when you get back” and “let me know if you need anything!”
6. You try to solve your friend’s problems. Even if there really isn’t a solution for a ten-minute dash across campus or a way to get that upperclassman to notice them, you still just want to help!
7. You try to balance support and concern when your friends do something wild. “Tell me more” meets “please never do that again” when you hear your friends’ stories.
So, are you the mom friend? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Join our Facebook group, we’re getting coffee and taking a break from the kids next Tuesday.