dear hermitcrab Thanks for taking time to write to me. I found indusladies when I was searching for school reviews Yes I am an expat myself. My kids are 4 and 6. I do have enough friends and social connections here - that is not a problem. I am not an introvert either. But I think my parent's separation and my only sibling's health condition has surely left some insecurities in me since childhood. I used to not share these problems with my friends, I always kept them to myself- (to ex, yes). Now, I do have lot of new friends at work and from my kids connections- but deep ones, no. As you know the relationship with mom is also not that smooth - which I am working on.