My friend, Jennifer, sent me this Tuesday Topic. It will likely strike a chord with many of you.
Does anyone have advice on how they’ve handled pre-adoption friendships with people who were “high need” themselves? I just don’t have the bandwidth for some old friendships anymore – one particularly where the friend has no understanding of our new life and is always in crisis herself (not to mention a couple family relationships too but I do what I can when I can in those with some pretty solid boundaries). I feel like a jerk – but our life is hour-by-hour even in good times. Like a finely tuned ship that will sink if it takes anyone else on, you know?
Any thoughts or experience with this? Did you expect this challenge when you began the adoption/foster parent process? How have you handled it?
It would be great to see a good discussion about this question. Do you have thoughts to share, or even a story? Leave them as a comment, even if your idea seems small or you just want to offer support.
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Encourage one another,
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