Activity #447: Keep in touch

Meagan, who is a rookie mom to Soren, wrote to us with this suggestion for how to be better about connecting with your friends. I love that is in the true spirit of a geeky girl’s approach to motherhood:

As my very understanding friends can attest, I have never been good at keeping in touch. I’m usually the ‘callee’ rather than the ‘caller.’ I had the requisite falling-off-the-face-of-the-earth period after my son’s birth in September, but recently began feeling guilty about my passive roll in various friendships. I resolved to be more proactive, but found myself overwhelmed as to where to begin.

Then I recalled my lovely, organized excel spreadsheet address list… Just for variety (& fun), I used the ‘= RAND ()’ function to assign a random number to everyone in the list and then sorted by those numbers. Then, I started at the top of the list! My goal has been to reach out to at least 3 of the people on the ordered list each week. Even if it’s just an email or a quick phone call, it’s a way of letting them know that I am, in fact, thinking of them!

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RookieMoms.com co-founder Whitney lives with her husband, son, and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes about parenting, crafts, and activities that moms can do with babies in tow. She and Heather also publish 510Families.com, a site for East Bay parents and are the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know.