A group friendship can form in childhood and maintain into adult life, but although bonds can hold for life, they can easily break down with major life changes. As people tend to evolve as a result of new pressures like career, marriage and moving across the country, new ambitions and perspectives can strain a group friendship.
Sometimes, a group of friends form in the workplace context, but it does not work out when it is taken beyond the workplace, and it may even disintegrate when one or more changes workplaces.
As you are raising children, there is a good chance that you bond with other moms and dads that you meet over commonalities like school stuff. Such group friendships can be very cathartic and supportive about parenting issues.
However, they are fraught with difficulty due to differences of opinion about parenting styles and arguments over how one child is treating another, and most commonly these group friendships fall apart as kids grow apart. Group friendships formed over a common interest like a sport, education or a hobby can become strained over time when some members discover new interests and lose interest in the original reason they got together.
Consider it is actually you who is changing, which has both positive and negative aspects. While it is part of everyone’s journey to mature and grow internally throughout life, some of your friends may not be able to grow with you and cannot accept what you have become.
Then, the group friendship might start to feel like a noose around your neck or a hindrance; you find yourself stressed or annoyed easily around them. You may even think the group is holding you back from achieving what you really want. If your set of friends is creating pain and sadness for you most of the time, it is time to make new friends.