We recently moved away from our friends and family in order to save some money. We moved to a beautiful area with a great local school, but I’m feeling increasingly isolated. My main focus has been on getting the children settled and making friends up until now, but I work for myself and my husband travels for work, so I often go for days without any other adult interaction.
I have tried to juggle work so that I can volunteer once a week at school and I’ve joined a local produce cooperative, but people generally keep themselves to themselves around here and I’m finding it hard to ‘break in’ to their inner circles.
I’ve even enrolled my children in every extra-curricula activity I can think of so that we can be a part of the community, but again, everyone has their little groups and although they’re friendly enough, they look a little put out when I approach to have a chat.
I’m not sure what else I can do. I can’t join any playgroups without taking my daughter out of daycare and losing money. It’s been 4 months and I still have no names on the forms with “In case of emergency contact…..”. My biggest fear is that if I had a car accident or medical emergency, nobody would be there to look after my children except the daycare teachers. Am I missing something?
Posted anonymously, 5th April 2014