How to go about making friends with hardly anytime at 26 years old.

Lacey - posted on 12/16/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Okay,I know this sounds kinda of silly, but I am a single mother or two children. I moved to a new city, and have lived here for almost eight months. I have not met one person to hang out with. There seems to be no single support groups here, and Im not leaving an abusive relationship etc. I just seem to be anti-social, or don't know how to approach, let a lone find people to hang out with... I live in central Alberta that has the highest population for single mothers.... I know I am not the only one here, so where is everyone... : /

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JD - posted on 12/16/2012

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You can look into play groups for kids that are the same age as yours or ask someone from work to hang out with you sometime. Maybe you could just go to the park sometime (weather permitting) and just start a conversation with someone there. You can introduce yourself to your neighbors or you can look online at meetup.com, which has parent groups that meet all over and see if there are any groups in your area.

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JD - posted on 12/16/2012

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Maybe you could talk to a local community center and suggest starting a group for parents to meet up and have a play group if they would be open to allowing it and put up some flyers to advertise. I understand the troubles myself, it's hard to meet with other parents along with the business of everyday just being a parent, let alone a single parent. It's even harder to meet up with other parents that will be compatible and have similar views as we have all been through the infamous 'Mompetetions' and 'Mommy Wars'. As far as putting up an ad to meet others, I would only do what you feel comfortable with, maybe meet a few times at a park or have a few conversations via e-mail first to get to know who you are planning on meeting a bit better before attempting to form a friendship.

Are your kids school age? If they are, perhaps you could have one of your kids find a friend and make a play-date that you could meet some of your children's friends' parents?

Lacey - posted on 12/16/2012

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Thank you, and I have looked into all that, the challenge is my kids have a five year age difference, therefore one is in age proximty for one group the other is not. I'm a student tight budget, I want to find something that we as a family can do together while meeting other kids and parents. I have checked all resources in this city for such groups etc. Theres has yet to be one. If I had the time, I would be interested in starting something of that nature. As for meetup.com I am currently a member :). More effort forth and hopefully I find something. Someone had mentioned to put an ad up on kijiji or website like that..... I'm kind of leery because think people might get the wrong impression. What do you think?

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