Maintaining Your Pre-Baby Friendships

How to stay friends with people who don’t have children


 

Not everyone in your circle may be a mom or dad and believe it or not, they don’t have babies on the brain all day. Here are a few pointers on how to maintain relationship with friends who don’t have children.

 

1. Talk About Something Other Than Your Children

You may think your little angel is the cutest thing in the world, and while no one disputes that, other people don’t find every single thing your child does as adorable as you do. People without children may have an interest in your budding family, but it’s not all they want to hear about. Try to avoid storytelling about your children unless your friends ask. Save the cute baby stuff for your fellow parent friends.

 

2. Get Out of the House

If you’re planning a get-together with friends who do not have children, avoid spending time together in your home. Your home screams “kids!” To ensure some adult conversation, get a babysitter for the night and head to a local bar or coffee shop.

 

3. Don’t Pull Out the Photos

If your friends ask to see how much your child has grown, don’t start showing them every photo you’ve taken of your little one in the last year. Share and be proud of your growing child, but move on to a topic everyone at the table can share.

 

4. Keep Intimate Details Private

Nothing kills a conversation quicker than a woman sharing her breastfeeding problems with her best friend and her boyfriend. While breastfeeding is perfectly natural and excellent for your growing baby, the details of the effects it has on your body can easily make friends uncomfortable. Those intimate details should probably not be shared unless you’re chatting with friends going through the same thing.

 

5. Don’t Feel Bad to Leave the Kids at Home with a Sitter

Going out for a night of good old-fashioned grown-up talk is not a bad thing. In fact, it’s important for new parents to take some time for themselves to spend with friends, including friends without children. This will keep your relationships with friends and in tact and will keep new Mommies and Daddies in touch with their inner grown-up. You’re not a bad parent for taking a little time off. Your needs are important, too.

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