Family life School & Family 6 simple ways to be a social mum Feeling a little rusty when it comes to making new friends? Here's how to make it easier... 1 of Ad break SmileIf you smile it will instantly lift your mood and make others feel at ease, too. It's true that the world does smile with you and at you! Relax and be yourselfOne of the most common issues that mums tend to worry about is what others are thinking of them, but what difference does is really make? Be positiveTry to use positive body language - making direct eye contact, standing tall, walking tall, keeping shoulders upright, being relaxed and smiling. Get to know the person you're talking toAsk open questions, such as, "Could you recommend any other places to go with children?" Continue slideshow > Follow upIf you like somebody, why don't you suggest catching up another time - with or without your little ones in tow? Stay in contactYour time is precious and there's so much to do, but sending a quick text to check how someone else is doing is a good way to encourage a new friendship. By Kelly Beswick and Lara Brunt Comments Latest on MadeForMums Mums reveal the 12 BEST things about being pregnant Mum's 'overweight' post-baby pic: 'My body can wait. My life is beautiful' Should smacking be banned all over the UK? Cheryl's new mum confession: 'I hated being pregnant'