If 97% of parents want this, why aren’t we trying harder to achieve it?
When I was younger I moved a bit and went to a number of different schools.
Every time I started at a new school I would get this horrible feeling in my gut. It’s a feeling that comes when you are stepping out of your comfort zone into something new and scary.
As adults we often choose to avoid situations like this, we’ve generally found our social circle and don’t have a need to step into the unknown.
That is, until our kids start school.
We all know it’s a big step for the kids but often we forget what a big step it is for the parents. If your child didn’t go to preschool/prep, or is going to a school not linked to the preschool/prep they did go to, often this step is a big one for the whole family. It means meeting new people and trying new things, and not just for the kids. (Read more here on how to get over those preschool blues.)
Unlike children, parents find it hard to just walk up to someone and do the whole, "Hey, so can I be your friend?"
It's weird, right? No one does that. Kids do it all the time, like every time they go to a park, but as adults we seem to lose that fearlessness and think we'd look stupid.
As parents we don't do it, but we WANT to do it.
In a study done by the online social network for parents schoolparents.com.au, it found 97% of parents are interested in meeting the parents of their child's friends.
Yeah, so basically all of us bar an odd, very anti-social, 3%.
From the same study they found 70% of parents know 'a few' of the parents and 10% know none, and that's really upsetting.
One third of the parents who wanted to meet other parents stated that they 'were not confident enough to introduce themselves'.
Despite my job, and my outgoing nature, I absolutely relate to this.