So I recently moved and have had to go through the process of meeting all new people again.
It’s so hard!
I am constantly approaching new parents at the playground and
introducing myself, but I still feel like I am begging when I try to
make a play date. It’s especially hard for me because I am not naturally
Has anyone gone through this process recently? It’s really depressing to have to start over again.
I feel your pain as someone who also isn't outgoing and feels socially awkward. I am going through a similar thing currently because I recently broke up with my long-term partner, thus losing a lot of my social group, and a lot of my friends have recently had babies and disappeared off the face of the earth. For me, I've been meeting new people through friends (obviously doesn't yet apply to your situation) and through Meetup groups. It's a slow process, but after only a year I've added a few really good friends to my social group, so it does eventually pay off.ReplyDelete
I think having kids makes it harder to make friends in some ways because you are associating with people whose kids have similar interests to your own rather than people who have similar interests to your own.Delete
Yeah it’s hard, Fizzy. I have no advice, just empathy.ReplyDelete
Do your kids do any activities you can watch with other parents? If not, tell them they have to start (jk).ReplyDelete
My kids have always done dance, but I feel like I've never made any real friends from that.Delete
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We moved cities recently. We met new people at the dog park.ReplyDelete
The park is walking distance from our place. The people we saw there all the time, that we started talking with, also live close to the park, which means they live close to us.
I also have trouble meeting new people. If I don't meet someone through work or some other organized activity that I am invited to then it takes me a long time to get close to people.ReplyDelete
This is coming from someone who grew up in a military family where we moved every 3-4 years.