Wow, so I got almost double the number of visits I usually do with the previous post about the differences of priorities & schedules between single/no-kid people and parents. I started to cheer a bit until... I saw that a good number of people jumped the page, and the average time was pretty low. =S I really hope I didn't offend those of you who are single or don't have kids because the sentiment definitely does not apply to everyone and even if it did, it isn't usually to the extreme of the person who submitted the question.
What I do hope is that it creates some better understanding to single/no-kid peeps and some relief of guilt to parents. We do want to meet with our friends but we only have so much energy and much of it is depleted by kids and home tasks, forcing us to be much more selective than we ever thought we would or want to be. Some parents are more lax, others are more strict - similar to the different student types one would meet in high school or university.
Here's something that might help. I'm not saying all parents are introverts but I think there is some overlap in how to interact with those who may seem more unavailable. Even more so with actually introverted parents (like me!). Enjoy!