Hi. I’m the new chick.
Remember being the new person? In the pre-smartphone era, sitting at your desk, sketching in your Trapper Keeper pretending you were too busy to interact with others?
Well, let me tell you, being new virtually is way easier.
It is also way easier when you are under 10. How do I know this?
My family recently relocated. We timed the move to coincide with my oldest, LP, starting kindergarten. And let me tell you – she is rocking it! And I don’t just mean from an educational perspective. Within the first month I had a mom call to request a play date. Even my 3.5 year old, AK, who started at a new day care has been making friends and getting play date invitations!
And then there is me and my beloved, the Hoos. We are trying, kind of, to make new friends, but I think we are struggling to get off the ground. Before we moved our friends were (and still are!) parents we had met through the girls’ previous day care center. We had been there for 5 years and made some great friends and recognized many faces.
It doesn’t help that I am encountering fewer two-parent working families in our new community. I absolutely applaud anyone that stays at home full-time. I have nothing against them; but it is a fact that our lives are different. I can’t schedule weekday play dates at my home – because I am not there! This also constricts my ability to interact with other parents on the playground at the elementary school or at the day care center.
I know I shouldn’t be complaining. At least I have small children who get invited to birthday parties where parents are expected to hang out. That has offered me an in to meet some parents – even if we haven’t made the leap to actually get together. My sister-in-law has middle schoolers and her opportunities are even more limited.
So my question to you, fellow nutmeg state moms, is how do you meet people? What actions do you take to get out of your comfort zone and stop being a wallflower?