Phoenix, AZ, September 27, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- MommyTalk.com, an international social networking website for moms, is helping mothers build friendships and overcome feelings of social isolation that are common among many mothers.
“A few years after having my kids, I started to feel like I didn’t even know what was going on in the world,” said MommyTalk user Kelly Hardin from Gilbert, Ariz. (username Kelrae22). “I felt like I was disconnected from people, and couldn’t even remember how to talk to other adults.”
Hardin says that it’s common for moms to feel disconnected, out-of-touch and sometimes socially awkward after having children. It happens as a new mom, and sometimes it happens years after having children.
Many moms experience feelings of isolation, detachment and social ineptness are common for mothers, particularly for moms who worked before pregnancy and chose to be stay-at-home moms after birth. The transition from the workplace to full-time motherhood can be rough and is life-changing.
Social online communities, like MommyTalk.com, are helping mothers form friendships that can help them overcome the severe feelings of social isolation. Moms are able to meet people close their home and across the world. Some mothers have even formed groups in their local communities after meeting on Mommytalk.
“Being a mom has provided me the biggest happiness and joy I have ever experienced, but it also brought my social life to an abrupt halt,” said Rachel Dunn , from Warren, Ohio (username thsmomrocs). “MommyTalk.com provides me with an outlet to meet moms just like myself."
Despite the 2,000 mile separation between their homes, Hardin and Dunn have formed a unique friendship through the site.
"I met Kelly over four months ago on the site; we are both young moms who felt a little lost. Since meeting her and other MommyTalk users, I’ve come to realize that I haven’t lost all social skills. I feel motivated to make a positive change and meet new people now. My friends there also motivated me to get back into my art, something that had been missing for a long time," said Dunn.
Both moms have become leaders on the site, forming a “welcoming” team to make new moms who join feel comfortable and engaged, from day one.
“It’s really hard to be a mom and learn how to have a social life and have kids,” Hardin said. “I feel like I’ve come a long way, and I’ve made some great friends on Mommytalk.com. I make a genuine effort to welcome each new mom who joins the site, just a simple 'hello' and 'we're happy to have you' can make a huge difference to someone who has experienced the feelings that I have felt.”
Stephen Shearin, director of operations for MommyTalk.com, says that the site’s unofficial welcoming team is an example of what really makes MommyTalk.com standout from other similar sites.
“The MommyTalk team puts a ton of effort into the site to make it something our members will love,” said Shearin. “But more importantly, our dedicated members have taken the initiative to welcome new members and support other members through rough times. If you look at our forum, or read some of the blogs, you’ll see the unbelievable level of genuine support that members provide to one another.”
Shearin says that its members like Kelrae22 and thsmomrocs who have made the site so successful among mothers around the world.
“Our goal in designing the site was to create a place where parents could share online,” said Shearin. “But we never imagined that it would help as many moms reestablish who they are, and form the type of friendships that they have. It makes me smile every day when I visit the site and see the happiness it brings; we couldn’t ask for more.”
The free online parenting community is helping parents in all 50 states and in five different countries.
MommyTalk.com was created in 2006 to help keep families and friends connected through an online social community of parents. Members have access to free services such as creating personal family (and kid) home pages, uploading photos, participating in forums, blogging, emailing and chatting. The site has also created a monthly awareness program called “Seeing, Sharing, Supporting” which highlights a new issue each month that is important to members, focusing on topics like Women & Heart Disease, Diet & Exercise, Breast Cancer, Emergency Preparedness, Child Obesity, Domestic Violence, Kids on Drugs, Depression, Self Defense and more. MommyTalk.com is based in Phoenix, Ariz. For more information, visit www.MommyTalk.com or call 480.766.9633.