It's the internet, it can't be weirdo-proofed. Impossible. I think the real concern is that the kids are so central to it, which is unfortunately a lure for the worst sort of weirdo, very difficult to proof against that in that sort of environment. People are sneaky.
Is there no sort of activities or clubs the kids could join where you'd meet other parents that way?
Yeah if I didn't have kids, this wouldn't be an issue at all. I'd just hang out with the drug addicts.
Next year, the girls will be old enough for all the activities in the homeschool group. The spring sports have already started, except karate, which I'm not willing to let them do. They're both going to play softball in the fall (the oldest did it last year and the mid-kid is old enough to join her this year), but that's a few months away still. Yung takes them to a make-and-take group at the hardware store every other weekend, but I don't want to take that over cause dad-kid time is pretty important. There's church, I guess, but I'm mad at God and not ready to go back to church yet. As I'm typing this, I'm noticing that if I just WAIT, then there's going to be plenty of opportunity. I have an overwhelming sense of need to find one RIGHT NOW though, and that's probably just selfish and being silly.
I have a similar problem. Past few years of being in a relationship, I've unfortunately lost contact with all my friends. Plus, a few of my best friends have moved out of state. Now I'm left sitting on the couch 24/7, bored as hell.
I can never seem to find anything to get out and 'do'. I go to the park and stuff to job / walk / run but that's not really an opportunity to meet new people.
Most of my old friends on FB have kids (I can't stand being around children), I don't really have anything in common with them anymore, etc. I tried getting together some friends for a weekly game night, but none of them are game.
CL would definitely attract the wrong crowd. I'm sure there are a few desperate people on there legitimately looking for friends, but the vast majority aren't there for that.
Yes, exactly. My irl bff decided we aren't friends anymore at the beginning of the year. We live 4 hours apart, but it was still nice to go visit and hang out for the weekend and have someone to just text or call. My mom was my other texty-cally all the time person, but she went and got things like a life.
I go to Wal-Mart, but idk how to find friends there. My neighbours are all either 65-80 (I actually get along fantastically with old people, but as I've gotten older, my voice has gotten pitched that most of them can't hear me) or 20-25, but childress drunkards.