Finding Parenting Support
Parenting can be the most rewarding endeavor and journey you decide to travel. With those sweet smiles and coos and all the hugs and kisses from your little ones, there are days where you wonder if you can get through another tantrum or giving another bath to a screaming toddler. Parenting is stressful; sometimes it may feel overwhelming by the life changes that are brought on by putting all of your needs aside for that tiny little human that keeps you up all night. If parents were totally honest they would tell you some days, they wonder why these chose this path, because for all the joys, parenting can be downright challenging. Talking to other parents and swapping “war stories” can be therapeutic and can allow you to see that you are not alone.
Here are some great ideas for finding and surrounding yourself with positive support:
Playgroups: Set up a time to call to catch up on changes in your lives and stages your children have gone through.
Social Media: Create a Facebook Page or Group for parents in your area to discuss organizing a playgroup or as a way to connect while looking for a new playgroup
Social Gatherings: Organize a social gathering for the families in your neighborhood. Keep it simple. Having coffee is a great way for parents to connect without spending a lot of money.
Meet New Parents: Introduce yourself to other parents at your child’s school or afterschool activity, at the library, in your neighborhood, or at your work. Parents share a natural connection through shared experiences and it can be easy to spark a conversation with other parents.
Parents Groups: Read bulletin boards at your child’s daycare, afterschool program, and extra-curricular activities to find parent groups in your area and/or check your pediatrician’s office or hospital. Consider joining an online parenting group.