I have two kids - 5yo & 3yo. My 5yo is at prep at school and my 3yo is at home with me full time. My dh works from home all week. But somehow I feel lonely. I have anxiety around meeting new people and if someone is not friendly then I get paranoid and think they are avoiding me and that no one wants to talk to me.
I see other mums being really friendly at school drop off and walking off together chatting - but not with me. If there's a mum I would like to talk to - I feel to shy to wait for her to come out to walk with her. Do I need to be more brave? How do I know if someone wants to be friends?
Dh suggests inviting other families over but I'm too scared. I hate hosting people as I feel so anxious and can't talk.
It also seems my son doesn't get invited for some many play dates or parties. I try to go to all the social things, but still don't seem to be able to make friends.
I go to a playgroup with my 3yo, and though i've known the mums there for almost 2 years, I don't see them outside of weekly playgroup.
Any tips on how to make friends with the school mums, or other ways I could make new friends?
I also wonder why I don't seem to make friends as easily as other people - is it just because I'm so anxious?