I have a friend whom I've known since school. She was a bridesmaid at my wedding. She is single and I am married with children. I moved away but not so far that we can't keep in touch. She never contacts me anymore. For the past couple of years she hasn't invited me out for her birthday despite other mutual friends going. I'm sure it's because I'm married with children which is what she ultimately wants. I get that we are at different life stages but I just feel it's a bit of a kick in the teeth. I haven't said anything to her. Am I best just to cut ties? Or remain a distant friend? I still send her birthday cards and her to me.
OP, ‘I'm sure it's because I'm married with children which is what she wants.’ Does she perhaps feel that you pity her or that she’s not achieved as much as you (in your eyes). That would definitely stop me bothering with a friend.
This happened to me. My friend had split from her husband and single. I was/am married and at the time pregnant with my first child. She was always vocal about wanting to get married and have children, ever since we were at school. I supported her through the break up but she got more distant and basically didn’t bother with my baby or me for a few years. She is naturally a jealous and insecure person and I knew the reason she didn’t see me or DD was because she was too jealous. Then she met someone and was pregnant within months and wanting to meet up etc. I haven’t gone. It’s not real friendship to feel we can only be friends when she can compete with me.
If you don't invite her on nights out, maybe she thinks that you're too busy with family to go out on a night out? Also, if you don't live locally anymore maybe you're just not on her radar when she's organising stuff.
Everyone I don't really go on nights out anymore cos of having young kids and often go locally if I do. If she invited me out though I would go. My point is she invites other friends but not me. Just because I have kids it's still nice to be invited. I have messaged her and said it would be good to have a night out and she has said yes. I just get frustrated because it's usually me who makes the effort to contact her and not the other way round.