No, You’re Not Weird

I can’t count how many times I have felt awkward around people. After spending all day, every day with only a mini-sized version of me, it was easy to feel out of touch and craving ‘adult’ association. When I did get a chance to be around other adults, I was nervous and felt like I had nothing interesting to talk about. After all, my knowledge of popular shows, current trends, and hot topics was limited to capturing bugs and how to get the stench out of vomit-stained fabric. I don’t even remember the last time I saw a movie that did not have a theme song or talking animals.

Still, I realized that improving my socialization skills would set a good example for my daughter and add joy to my life. Here are a few things that helped me to break out of my shell and can hopefully do the same for you:

1. Don’t be afraid to talk to others
Trust me, you are more critical of yourself than anyone else would be. You have so much more to offer now, in terms of a well-rounded personality, than you did years ago so you have nothing to be ashamed of.

2. Look for good friends
If you feel that you need to impress the ones you are with, they are not worth it. Look for ones that you can feel comfortable with and that bring you up, and visa-versa. When it comes to real friends, it’s quality over quantity.

3. Have regular date nights or time with your peers
Finding a babysitter or arranging a sleepover can be beneficial both to you and your children. This does not mean partying every night but, rather, schedule a weekly or monthly outing to recharge and reconnect.

4. Change your outlook
You are different than you were before you had children – that’s a good thing. You’re more mature, caring, and skilled. Don’t dwell on what you once were but how you can be so much better from this point forward.

5. Relax
Being stressed about things that you have no control over doesn’t help anyone. If you want to you can set small, reasonable goals to interact more with others whether it be at the store, in the park, or while taking a walk. Talking about the weather can actually be very interesting!

Ultimately, the ones that matter most (your kids) already love you as you are. You’re not alone, weird, or strange. You’re a parent struggling to do the best you can for your family – and that is something to be proud of!

31 Responses to No, You’re Not Weird
  1. Beth
    July 29, 2011 | 8:20 am

    Great tips. I need to follow through on some of these tips myself.

    • TerriAnn
      July 29, 2011 | 10:50 am

      Thanks – I hope they can help at least just a little bit!

  2. Kelly
    August 3, 2011 | 5:23 pm

    TerriAnn, it’s as if you’re speaking to me. I’ve always said that staying home with my daughter all day has made me weird and awkward in social situations. And I totally agree with quality over quantity of friends. I don’t have a lot of friends but trust the friends I do have online and that makes all the difference in the world.

    • TerriAnn
      August 9, 2011 | 2:02 am

      Wow, I had no idea my article could resonate so much with someone else. I think this is fairly common but many are either embarrassed to talk about it or feel that they are the only ones experiencing it.

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