When you’re a parent, life can get hectic. Before you know it, it’s been months since you caught up with your friends, and you’ve lost track of what’s going on in their lives, and what they’re up to. Social media makes it easier to connect with people, but nothing beats spending quality time with your closest friends. If you find it tough to find time for friendship, here are some helpful hints.
Plan play dates
If you have kids, it’s difficult to plan social activities that don’t involve them. You either have to choose a school day, which may mean other people are organizing time off work, or you have to get a sitter over the weekend. One solution is to involve the kids in your catch-ups. If you have children of a similar age, this enables them to get to know each other and form new friendships, as well as giving you the chance to spend time together without feeling guilty. Take it turns to go to each other’s houses, or meet up at the park, the beach or the zoo.
Get fit together
If you’re conscious about your health or you’re eager to get involved in the latest fitness crazes, why not combine getting fit with spending more time with your friends? There are so many exercises you can do in groups or teams, and you’ll probably find it much more fun. If you’re not a fan of weights and treadmills, look for options like a Zumba dance workout at gym facilities in the local area or sign up for dance classes, spinning, trampolining or even boot camp sessions. Even if you make time to go power walking or take the babies out in strollers for a jog twice a week, you’ll be improving your fitness and your social life at the same time.
Time flies, and it’s easy to lose touch with what’s going on outside of the parameters of your life. If you can’t arrange to meet up as much as you’d like, stay in contact. Send a text, write an email or give your best buddy a call when you’ve got five minutes to spare. Even a simple message or a quick catch-up can do you a power of good. It’s always good to know that there’s somebody at the end of the phone to cheer you up when you’re feeling down or to offer advice.