Let’s be honest. Parenting is hard. Harder than what we ever expected. So to make this new adventure go a bit smoother is by finding your parenting village. Having a support system is so helpful, especially if you are a first-time parent. There are just so many resources out there that sometimes to really get connected, reaching out to other parents who have been there or are currently going through this thing called parenthood can help this new gig seem a bit easier. So how do you go about finding your perfect parenting village? Here are some of our tips:
1. Visit your community library. The library is a great place to get connected with other parents. They have so many awesome programs for children of all ages that are free so there are always parents who love to partake in them. Going to these types of events and activities are a great way to meet other parents. Libraries also are a great hub of free resources that are available in the community as well.[/caption]
2. Meetup.com. This site is a great place to meet other parents who have common interests or parenting style. Take a look at what time of playgroups are in your area. You’d be surprised how niche some of these parenting playgroups are. There are playgroups who are more into organic and natural foods, a playgroup of parents who like to craft with their children, single parents playgroup, etc… You are sure to find a parenting group that you and your little one will fit right in.
3. Community Facebook parenting groups. A great way to get in touch with a parenting community is finding a Facebook group within your community. Not only can you post questions about the pediatricians to recommend or where the best playgrounds are, you can also meet your future parenting village right here. Set up playdates by leaving an open invitation. Tell them a bit about you and your child but always remember to meet at a public place first. A public park or indoor play center is the best.
4. Your OBGYN or hospital.
There are great resources that you can find even before you become a parent! It’s never too early to find your parenting village. Many hospitals or even OBGYNs have groups for expecting parents with similar due dates. This is great to attend because not only are you learning new parental things together, many of your children will be hitting the same milestones as well. It is great to find a support group with children who are close to the same age as your own. They are right in the same type of parenting trenches as you are.