Before I had a baby, I thought I was busy. Now that I’ve had a baby I realise I actually had so much free time and I truly did not take advantage of all the flitting about I could have been doing.
Becoming a parent sends your life into a hectic tailspin full of late nights, early mornings and everything in between.
It’s safe to say that your social calendar takes a bit of a knock and catching up with friends or family slides down the totem pole of priorities. It’s a hard truth and it really sucks not having the autonomy to socialise like you used to but ultimately it’s all part of this wild journey through parenthood. I feel like this is a widely accepted fact - or so I thought.
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Over the past couple of months I’ve been hit with a few interactions that suggests otherwise and I’m here with a casual reminder: please don’t make parents feel sh*t for not catching up with you. There’s no overarching handbook on how to treat parents but I always thought it was common decency to cut them slack, especially when it comes to their time. But I guess, it bears repeating.
Recently an old friend has been reaching out consistently to arrange a time to meet up. Each time she messaged I would have to politely let her know that I didn’t have the capacity to hang out.