Momaha Blog: Moms need all the friends we can get, so don’t limit yourself to only ‘mom friends’

By Ashley Strehle Hartman
Published in the Omaha World-Herald’s on June 3, 2021

Making friends as an adult — particularly as a parent — is hard and awkward, and I hate it.

Don’t get me wrong, I love having friends. I simply hate the work of making friends, because that absolutely feels like work to me.

I’m an introvert, so I’ve always been terrible at the “getting to know you” part of friendship where you’re interacting on a very superficial level.

Like many introverts, I prefer to go deep with my social interactions, rather than wide. I’d rather use my limited social energy to have honest, in-depth conversations with a few people rather than engage in small talk with a bunch of people. This is even more true now that I’m a parent.

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