For the last four years I have worked full time as a teacher and I always really liked my job and the people I work with and we all shared a Humanities Office space together where we would work between lessons and talk about how the day was going and joke about difficult students and lessons. Last year we were moved out of this block into a new space where we didn't have an office just our own individual classrooms also many of the closest friends I had at the school left. I have become a father over the last year and I have started working only 3 days a week to support my partner and spend time with my baby (Which I know is a privileged position to be in). But I have been feeling increasingly lonely and isolated. When I am in school I feel as though I am constantly catching up with myself and most days I don't get time to chat with anyone and my only human interaction is with students in my lessons and the friends I do have at school have kind of moved on to other groups without me. When I get home my partner and I are trying to keep our heads above water raising our newborn and that adds its strain but also means we are not spending time together. I know I should go into the staffroom but it has typically been the home to the staffroom vampires who dwell over and over on the problems of the school which I can find quite draining. We are the first of our group to have a baby and many of our friends live far away. We have joined NCT groups but primarily the women meet up and chat but men work full time and don't talk much. I know I am so lucky in so many ways and I am in no way in the same boat as single mothers or fathers trying to make ends meet. But I am just feeling increasingly unhappy and I was wondering if anyone had any tips for combating loneliness in teaching especially when working part time?