Making New Friends through Parenthood

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I find that as my path in life changes, I grow further away from old friends. Some friends remain there despite the differences. As new relationships come my way, I have to make the choice to let those friendships develop. It is difficult to open up to new possibilities, but sometimes, it is necessary. I find that the friends I meet now have more in common and understand my situation better for they are living in similar circumstances. They leave me feeling uplifted and supported. I feel less alone and more part of a bigger picture.

When outsiders look in, they tend to come off more opinionated and less helpful. I am finding that people who are going through the same trials can empathize more easily. The more outside of my comfort zone I get, the better I hope these new relationships will become. Being a stay-at-home mom, I really need other women to talk to who will understand what I go through daily. It is refreshing to know that I am not the only one out there who has these feelings. Hearing the same discipline, eating, and other parenting problems from another person is comforting.

It doesn’t always feel like I do the right things, but I am trying. God has given each parent the gift to nurture and love their children and all he asks is that we do our best to fulfill their needs. Every day is a struggle, but knowing that there are others out there makes parenthood the blessing it truly is.

Copyright 2012 Tanya Weitzel

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  1. “God has given each parent the gift to nurture and love their children and all he asks is that we do our best to fulfill their needs.”
    This is so true. Being a mom can often make us feel unappreciated, but it is the most rewarding “job” there is.

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