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Becoming a parent can be an isolating experience. When you’re home with a baby, it can feel like you’re all alone in the world.
But being a parent doesn’t have to mean doing it all by yourself.
Although it may seem impossible to find the support you need, there are many ways to build your own village—even if your family and community don’t exist within walking distance.
Let’s take a look at how new parents can build their very own village and get the support they need.
Seek Out Online Support Groups
One of the best places to start is by joining online parenting groups. There are countless Facebook groups dedicated to different aspects of parenting that offer advice, emotional support, and resources for new parents. You can use these groups as forums to ask questions, reach out for advice when needed, or just chat with other parents who understand what you’re going through.
Connecting With Others IRL
If online communities aren’t your thing, try connecting with other parents in person instead. Your local library or nearby park could be great places to meet up with other parents and children who live close by. Baby classes like yoga or music can also be great places to meet other moms and dads who are looking for connection too.
Even if you don’t make any friends right away, attending classes can get you out of the house and give you some much-needed adult conversation while your baby enjoys playing with others their age!
Lean on Family & Friends
Finally, don’t forget about your existing network of family members and friends! Even if they aren’t living close by or don’t have children themselves, those closest to you will likely be more than willing (and able!) to lend an ear when needed or offer practical help when possible.
Consider scheduling regular phone calls or video chats so that you can stay connected even when physical distance separates you from one another.
And never underestimate how powerful it feels getting an understanding text from someone else who’s been through this same journey before!
Being a parent without a village doesn’t have to mean feeling isolated and alone! With the right tools and resources in hand (and heart!), there are plenty of ways new parents can plug into communities that provide the support they need—both online and off.
It may take some time (and effort) but once your village is built, it’ll be worth every second!
And remember; don’t forget about leaning on family members or friends who’ve been through this before either—they know exactly what it takes to raise healthy babies into happy adults!