There are children everywhere you go, yet somehow, meeting other parents still seems impossible. Being a mom or dad is a tough, yet rewarding, job. Having other parents to relate to makes the job seem a little easier. You can share your latest challenges and receive advice from other people who have experienced the same problems. Meeting parents isn't as difficult as it may seem.
Stay-at-home moms and dads have the hardest time meeting parents. When a person works in an office, there is a good possibility that one of his or her coworkers is a parent. Stay-at-home parents are not at a loss, though. Many other moms and dads can be found frequenting the local parks before and after nap time. When you see one, walk over and strike up a conversation about the kids.
Moms who want to meet others moms for socialization should consider joining a moms' group. Check out a couple and see which ones you are the most comfortable with. You can learn about active moms' groups through your local recreation and park district.
Parenting classes are a great way to meet other parents. People who are enrolled in these classes share a common ground of wanting what is best for their children. Meeting parents with whom you have something in common is a great basis for a friendship.
If your children are interested in playing sports, enroll them in a community league. Baseball and soccer leagues are great places for meeting parents. Start a conversation with some of the other parents during practice and games. Complimenting them on something that their child does well is a great conversation starter. Be honest though, as parents know when you are making false compliments.
Places of worship are great places for meeting parents. If you belong to a church or synagogue, consider checking out their parenting groups. Many churches offer groups that focus on parenting children of different ages such as Mothers of Preschoolers. Look on your church bulletin board or check with the church office.
When meeting parents, look for people that have similar ages of children. This gives you the opportunity to share your trials and tribulations with someone who understands. It can also help your child meet other friends.
Being a parent can be lonely if you don't have someone who is on the same page in life. Your childless friends will always be there for you as well, but the conversations may dwindle down a bit. Make new friends with children, but keep your old ones as well.