Myron and I started hanging out with a small group of friends when we started dating, some married and some single. We call ourselves the Cool Kids. We hang out at each other houses and go out to dinner and other social occasions together as a group. If our single friends are dating someone, their significant other is welcome to come along as well. Because we have been kicking it for a while, we have established a certain level of trust and we support each other as well like real friends do, in addition to the social stuff we do. However, like in many groups of people, there is just one person who is just not very well liked but is the significant other of one of the other friends. Needless to say, it has made for a somewhat strained friendship dynamic. I know what you are thinking, why not discontinue the friendship with the couple, right? Well, it’s not that simple because two of the folks in our group are brothers and the brother with the difficult-to-deal with partner is super cool.
The friend with the difficult partner has elected for the time being to bow out of hanging with us (for the sake of keeping a peaceful household), but it made me sad. He will be missed at our gatherings.
In the past I was a single person who mostly hung out with single people. Hanging in a mixed group of couples and singles is new for me.
Do any of you hang out with a mixed group of friends (both couples and singles)?? How do you keep the group dynamics running smoothly?