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Friendship with Miriam Kirmayer


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This is episode 74 and today I’m here with Miriam Kirmayer talking about friendship.


Dr. Miriam Kirmayer is a clinical psychologist and leading friendship expert who has studied the science of social connection for over a decade. Her work focuses on helping others cultivate resilience and self-compassion, navigate life transitions, and build stronger relationships with the people who matter most.

Dr. Kirmayer’s words and advice regularly appear in outlets such as The Atlantic, BBC, CNN, The Financial Times, Forbes, The New York Times, TIME, and Vogue. She is a featured expert for Psychology Today and Women’s Health and a frequent guest on television shows and podcasts, including The TODAY Show and NPR. As a speaker and consultant, Dr. Kirmayer partners with businesses and organizations on events, initiatives, and global studies related to connection and mental health. Whether Dr. Kirmayer is working one-on-one with clients or sharing the science of connection and compassion, her goal is to help others create meaningful relationships and more connected lives. 

Dr. Kirmayer lives in Montreal with her husband and their two curious and spirited sons. She is currently writing her first non-fiction book and is represented by Aevitas Creative Management. Connect with Miriam @miriamkirmayer and learn more about her work at MIRIAMKIRMAYER.COM.

Help with Friendship

This is an episode about friendship and one of the best ways I have made and nurtured friendships is through Hackschool – the homeschool adventure club I created. We have gotten so much out of it that I created a course to help you set up and run your very own called Hackschool Leadership. This course will teach you how to build the like-minded community you long for while exploring your region anew and learning through adventure as a family. Hackschool has been our simple answer to the homeschooling “what about socialization” question but I readily admit that I have gotten just as much out of the friendships this club has nourished as my children. Regularly connecting with other like-minded families in friendship? Priceless.


Importance of Friendship: We walk through the importance of friendship.

Make Friends: We go over how we make new friends in motherhood.

Nurture Friendships: We discuss how we cultivate closer connections.

Value: We speak to having different friends who add value in different ways.

Balance: We discuss having friendships that are reciprocated and balanced.

Friendship Breakups: We talk about friendship breakups.


We answer the question: How to navigate friendships with moms whose parenting styles are more punitive and authoritarian.

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