More specifically, they are speed-dating, mommy style, in an attempt to find a new MFF (Mom Friend Forever).Mom speed dating events are popping up all over the country—from the busy streets of New York City to the small towns of Texas.Enter the fast-paced world of speed dating, where singles have the opportunity to date up to ten other lovelorn singles in one evening. Armed with a nametag, a scorecard and their sparkling personality, couples are paired up to begin their first date.
Robin Hieatt, a mom-of-two from Manor, Texas, says she started Moms Matched a few months ago after growing tired of awkward attempts at connecting with other moms at play dates and parks.
“I thought dating was over once you find your life partner, but that’s not the case.
The very goal of the Longest Shortest Time, according to Frank, is to give moms a safe space to celebrate and learn from different parenting choices, rather than to judge each other.
With that mission, and the stories of her listeners in mind, Frank has planned what will be the Longest Shortest Time’s first in-person manifestation of that mission — a Mom Speed Dating event to be held in New York City at the end of this month.
At her first event a few months ago, Hieatt met another local mom, Brandy Griffin.
The two have since joined forces to hold fun, local events for moms who are looking for connection.Being a new mom can be lonely and isolating, especially when you don’t have other like-minded moms to share your frustrations with.But here’s a solution that some moms are trying, a blast from their relationship past: They’re dating.Following each date, participants mark on a card whether they would have an interest in meeting their date again.If a mutual interest is noted, speed-dating organizers provide each party with the other's phone number.“We tell our moms that if they don’t match with a certain person, it doesn’t mean they aren’t a great person—it’s just that there wasn’t the right chemistry.” Hieatt adds that while the idea of beginning to date again may make some moms nervous, they should take comfort in knowing that everyone is there looking for the same thing: a new friend.