Karen Best Wright, B.S., M.A. CHES
Over the years, I have received emails from grandparents who are at a loss on how to find friends they can relate to. More grandmothers write me than grandfathers, but it appears that both have the same issues. Finding friends your age, who want to hang out with you, and enjoy the same activities can be challenging.
When we were raising children the first go-round, it was easy to find friends our age. Almost everyone with kids were basically the same age - within a decade at least. Now trying to find friends our age, who we can relate to can be challenging, especially if we are single.
I am single and even though I am not fully responsible for raising my grandchildren anymore, I still find the situation challenging. Most everything I do is still colored by the fact that I did raise my grandchildren for several years, and I am now still a very hands-on grandmother daily helping with my grandchildren.
I have suggested to people, who are where I have been, is to at least check the local area for meet-up groups (www.meetup.com) to find anyone who shares any common interests, whether that be spiritual concepts, gardening, hiking, or writing. Who knows, you might actually start one yourself and find others who also need like-minded friends (raising kids at 60).
If you have any good ideas, please do share with us.
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