Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Maintaining Friendships after Kiddos



I look back at the pre-kiddo days and chuckle a bit. I used to have a co-worker who would really irritate me when he would say “You think you’re busy now? Just wait until you have kids!” And while he was absolutely right, life is busier with a toddler and will only get busier once we start having activities, my co-worker was wrong too. Because when were childless I spent more of my time deciding what “I wanted” to do. I was busy, just in a different way. Friendships were easier to maintain because we all had more free time. My girlfriends used to go out for dinner for every single one of our birthdays. Every.single.one. I saw a lot more movies at theaters. There were more parties. But now there are children involved and we are even busier, I need my girlfriends even more. There is a lot of isolation in parenting and being a mom and that’s where I find I need my friends, their encouragement and their sage wisdom. So how we do stay sane by adding “one more thing” to our schedules and still keep in touch? 

See the rest of my post here at Des Moines Parent.

2 comments:

*carrie* said...

Thanks for sharing, Kara. I think the main thing is being intentional like you said!

Joy Johnson said...

I have found this to be a new struggle. Thanks for your encouragement and suggestions!