SHARE YOUR KIDS
By Melissa Thorson
I’m learning that friendship, as a parent, is even more life-giving (life-saving?) now than ever before. The trouble is, finding time and energy to invest in friendships when your time as a parent is so monopolized by caring for your kids.
It can feel risky to introduce yourself to the parent wrangling a child into a puddle-jumper at the pool or cheering on the sideline of the soccer field. It can feel burdensome to come up with a menu and hide the clutter in order to invite people over for dinner.
Whether we reinvest in old friends or make new ones, inviting others into our lives opens the doors for powerful influence on our children. The people you invite over for s’mores today might end up being the sounding board for your angsty teen tomorrow. So, go ahead and text that person you’ve been hoping to get to know . . .
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