Kids consume huge amounts of time and energy but a reader wonders whether his friend is using his kids as a brush-off.
Despite all the ways close friendships enhance our lives, many women who are working, raising a family, and/or caregiving for aging parents or other relatives may feel they simply don’t have time for friends. Pat Katepoo, a work-life advisor, offers some practical suggestions (in her guest post below) that might make it easier to find more free time for friends.
I met a great guy who I have been with for five years but I feel that I am missing out on lots of things at my young age. One problem is that I am the manager now, and my staff is all around my age. I do go out with them but there is always that “manager and employee” barrier, which I know it has to be that way. But with all my responsibilities I don’t have much time to go out and make friends.
A reader offers pointers that worked for her—for people who tend toward introversion and know they require me-time before and after being with others.