The first few weeks (or months) of adjusting to parenthood can be overwhelming. It can also be isolating.
But, the good news is, it doesn’t have to be! In this day and age, there are so many options for new parents to socialize – both in person and online.
A parenting group can be a real life-saver when it comes to the critical adjustment period after a baby arrives. There are many benefits to seeking out and joining a parenting group, even if you are an introvert.
Here are five reasons to join a parenting group after you have a baby. Read on:
There are few friendships like new mom (or dad!) friendships. Transitioning to parenthood isn’t always easy, and we’ve found that a listening ear or two can really help you feel less isolated and alone.
While not everyone parents the same, sometimes, it’s refreshing and good to hear from others about their parenting journey. Of course, you can also seek out a like-minded parenting group: There are groups for parents who spend time in the NICU, who plan to practice attachment parenting, single parents. The list is endless.
Babies don’t keep, as the saying goes and at some point, you will likely want your child to get some social time and make a few friends of his or her own. Parenting groups are great for that, because chances are, you will find parents with children the same age and developmental stage as your own.
Let’s face it: You need people who understand what you are going through and who will be there for you on those days when you are tired and frustrated. In addition to emotional support many groups will bring you meals if you are ill, help with childcare and more.
A group of parents and babies: What could be more fun! Most parenting groups can help you not only with the daily grind of being a mom or dad but they can also make it LESS of a grind. Even if you are chatting online or texting, knowing you can turn to your friends for a laugh, a play date or just a quick chat makes this whole gig a lot more enjoyable.
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We have a great online community of parents. We are adding community meetings to our calendar in 2019. Check us out on Facebook!