Does anyone else have trouble making friends?

Augusta - posted on 04/04/2013 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have the hardest time making friends! A lot of people don't have kids around me. I don't ever party or drink. I'm a stay at home mom that has no family around and I always have my kids around. I like going for walks, window shopping, watching my tv shows, spending time with my kids, road trips, tattoos, scary movies and doing anything active like hiking, canoeing or traveling.

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Kristi - posted on 04/04/2013

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You are an exact cross between me and one of my closest friends...who lives 3,000 miles away!

I moved a couple of years ago. I don't make friends very easily, either. I only know one single mom because our daughters do gymnastics together. She is a fantastic person but has next to no free time.

Most of the people here are married and very wealthy. I can't afford to "hang out" with most of the people I've met, either.

You might try volunteering somewhere. That is how my mom has met her very good friends. The 3rd, 4th , 5th and 6th time we/she moved, volunteering really made a difference for her. I haven't had the same success but I'm not going to give up yet!

I hope you are able to make some connections soon. Our children are awesome but a grown up conversation or debate and/or activity would be nice once in awhile! ; )

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 04/12/2013

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Yep, I think it's more common as we get older!

Like Kristi said though, you just have to get brave and bold, and start interacting with people! It's really easy with kids, because once they're into activities, you're going to be meeting lots of other parents. Just don't be afraid to put yourself out there a little!

Most of my current friends I either met at work, or through kids activities...

Phoebe - posted on 04/12/2013

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It's really hard living away from your family.

You don't say how old your kids are but in the uk we have drop in play groups that are free for families with kids under 5.. I didn't know any other mums when I had my daughter but by going to these groups I was able to talk to other mums, and slowly make friends.

I now have a fabulous group of friends who I can rely on and we support each other.

It's never easy starting a conversation but going from a smile, to a hi, to introducing yourself to someone you see at school drop off or the kids club can snowball. You just have to be brave enough to set the ball rolling.

Really good luck.

Kristi - posted on 04/10/2013

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Well, ladies...I invited myself to my sister's MIL's house the other day for a visit. (our families have blended wonderfully so I know her well) We had such a fantastic conversation! 2 of her grandkids were there and they were very polite and had some things to say but mostly played on the computer, watched Disney and ate VEGATABLES for after school snacks!

I was there for almost 2 hours, while my daughter was at track practice and we talked about everything from the weather to healthcare and gun regulation! It was so refreshing and uplifting! I thought if I can do it, so can you can you gals!

So that gave me the courage to invite my single mother friend from gymnastics friend to a burger tomorrow night while the girls are practicing. She said yes! I'm totally tickled pink!

It probably sounds kind of silly but I hope it gives you guys a little boost to step out there. I have no idea what, if anything, will happen next, because doing those two things was REALLY hard for me but if nothing else, it's two fun "play dates" (lol) I wouldn't have had otherwise.

Sandra - posted on 04/10/2013

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Hi!! My kids are in sports so I'm always around other parents. But. I still don't feel like I have friends. I wish I could find some religious friends.

Sofia - posted on 04/10/2013

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Hello! I, too have these same problems! I suffer from migraines and fibromyalgia and have a hard time finding people that will be understanding of my health problems and how they relate to activities and such. I am looking for another Christian to be a partner in reading "The Me Project: 21 days to living the life you've always wanted" by Kathy Lipp. Would you be interested in an online correspondence..friendship?

Ty - posted on 04/09/2013

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Me too...it's super hard. I live about 2,000 miles from my family and it sucks. I am always with my kids too and I don't really have time for much else. Being a SAHM mom makes it a little difficult as well, but I am planning on making this year the year I find a good friend at least someone to have coffee with once in a while...what's really bad though is have trouble maintaining relationships...I am trying to improve at that thought.

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