When it’s your first time bringing a child into the world, it can seem like a daunting and overwhelming experience. If you have no one in your family, or close friend group, who has been through a similar experience, don’t panic. There are ways that you can form, or find, a community of other mothers and parents to help you.
Check your local community centre for mother or parent groups. These can be useful communities for babies and parents to socialise, and spend time together, or even form a group of people who can act as free childcare providers.
Don’t have a community centre? The internet is great for many things, and meeting people is one of them. Try trusted and verified sites, or even Facebook groups, where parents regularly meet for communal play time.
These meetings are often situated at large play centres, where the children can explore, while the parents have a chance to chat with each other. This is an excellent source of information or advice, or for when you just want to vent about how tired you are. While your friends may be great listeners, speaking to people who are going through the same thing as you can really make a difference.
Many of these members will be veterans when it comes to babies and can be sources of invaluable information. Often, these communities will share and swap clothing, equipment, and toys so you can enjoy your parenthood even if you’re on a tight budget.
You can read all the relevant books, attend all the classes, and be entirely in the know, but joining a community of other mothers and parents, to support you emotionally and physically can really be the difference if you feel you are struggling, or just worrying about your job as a parent.