I recently asked readers which parenting topics they were curious about or needed help with. How to make friends with preschool parents was the first response, and it seemed to resonate with many of you.
This is an issue for many of us who are deep in the motherhood trenches. We want to connect with others who are in the same stage in life, yet it can seem awkward and forced to strike up a conversation with someone in the hallway of a busy preschool. After all, they’re likely to have a tired toddler pulling at their hems or otherwise demanding their attention at pick up or drop off.
I know this from experience. After I quit my job as a counselor to be a stay at home mom, I found it to be a very isolating existence. I had friends, of course, but most of them were busy with their own jobs and lives, and few had children my kids’ ages. My son’s preschool was one of the only opportunities for regular social interaction at that time in my life, and even though I’m an outgoing person I found making friends there to be difficult.
Looking back, there are so many things I could have done differently. In the years since I have made wonderful friends through preschool and my oldest’s elementary school. It just took a little effort on my part. Here’s what I’ve learned.
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Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
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