That said, there are times when family and current friends just aren’t an option and you really must start from scratch. This can feel harder but also incredibly rewarding when you find “your people!” Make a list of where in your life you are exposed to other parents. School, playgrounds, swimming or art lessons, local social media groups, your neighbourhood, etc. The list will be unique to your family’s lifestyle but can show where you’re engaging with (hopefully) like-minded moms and dads. You can start small – throw out the idea of a simple pelau lunch or offer to host a group playdate (with parents in attendance). The idea is to very intentionally select and cultivate relationships with other families that will blossom over time.