It’s easy to see why a strong support system of friends is important as a mom, especially when you have babies and young kids. However, new research shows the benefits of mom friends extend to your kids as well.

A new study conducted by Cornell University found that kids of moms who had strong social circles (aka an awesome mom tribe), scored higher on cognitive development tests, which measure language along with motor, socio-emotional and adaptive behaviors.

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The researchers believe the stronger scores could correlate with the fact that moms who have more close friends socialize more, which exposes their kids to more language and socialization early on. In other words the more time you spend chatting with your mom friends at the park, the more your kids pick up on.

Having a stronger social network could also mean that a mom feels more supported and less stressed and anxious, which could lead to improved parenting skills. Regardless of the reason, having great mom friends clearly has many benefits.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

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