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.
The passage of time generally makes it more difficult to clear up misunderstandings. QUESTION Hi Irene, Long story short: My best online friend and I broke up. Actually, it was me who broke up with her over something she had done (something that involved lying to me and not caring about my feelings in [...]
When you move, you take some emotional baggage with you… QUESTION Dear Irene, I recently moved to San Francisco after graduating college. I have a tough job, but thought that the city would provide for a worthy night life. It has been four months and I haven’t made friends with anyone I would like [...]