Connections: Meeting Other Parents

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parents having a bbqFamily and friends can provide wonderful support in your journey through parenthood. When it comes to being a parent, some people have “been there, done that.” Others may have not yet “joined the club.” Both perspectives may be helpful, but sometimes you really need someone who is “in the game.” Sometimes you need the support and insight of someone who is at the same place and time as you and your family. Sometimes you really need to connect with other parents.

Connecting with others is sometimes easier said than done. Where and how can you find others who share your fun, your fears, or can lend a sympathetic ear? It’s almost like you’re back in the dating game. Only this time, you are looking for parents to connect with. Not only are you seeking other parents who have an infant or toddler like you, but also who share the same parenting style and the same vision for raising their munchkin.

How and where can you find these people?

    • Start with the contacts you already have. For example, do you belong to a church or are you active with any other community groups? If so, check them out and see if they have a mom or parent group. If not (and you have the time and energy), consider staring your own. Find a common time and place where families can come together for perhaps some conversation, snacks, and informal playtime.
    • Look for organizations in your community that offer programming for families. These organizations may include libraries (story times are often free), arts organizations, or other playgroups (i.e. structured class programs such as Gymboree).
    • Go out and walk in your neighborhood. Chances are you’ll find a family or two along the way. Start with a simple “hello,” and you may soon be chatting about your tots and your family. Next step, get together for coffee or simply at a neighborhood park to enjoy a little time together.

Just like dating, it may take a few trials and a little time to find other parents to connect with. However, just as the dating game is worth an investment to find your sweetie, finding others in your community to share in the adventure called parenthood will only make the journey a bit sweeter and more fun.

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  1. Avatar of Marina Marina says:

    I joined a Mommy group at Meetup.com. It has local groups in your area with similar interest or mommy groups.

  2. Avatar of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    Never done that -say hello and chat here in SA. I would love to have new friends over here. I feel disconnected since we migrated here. I only have virtual friends

  3. Avatar of Phammom Phammom says:

    Met a lot of parents at the school I pick up the kid I nanny for at.

  4. Avatar of MAMASEXXY MAMASEXXY says:

    I WISH I HAD THE CHANCE TO HANGOUT WITH OTHER PARENTS I’M SO CLOSED OFF FROM EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE. I’M NOT HAPPY BEING ALONE.

  5. Avatar of meggy25 meggy25 says:

    I fee like I don’t hang out with enough parents kinda stinks.. hopefully this will work.

  6. Avatar of Brittney Brittney says:

    I needed this, I’m not the most social person in the world, but
    I’d love to connect with parents in my area

  7. Great ideas, but I always have a hard time starting a conversation and keep it going. I was never taught good comunication since I was home schooled. Yeah, I know how to be nice and watch what I say, but I never knew how to start a conversation instead of a "hi, how are you?"… I like this one family at our church just because they have a great loving family with a little boy at the same age as my daughter. They are also not stuck up and talk to you like a human being. Lol… So, its hard for me and always has been.

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