Picking a Parenting Group that Is Right for YOU!
Today's mom and dad are ultra concerned with offering their child the most they can – right from the start. Plenty of moms-to-be have already picked out parenting groups they want to join the moment they have a baby to physically hold in their arms. Before you do however, you are cautioned to consider what sort of parenting group interests you the most and the kind of parent that you want to become.
From La Leche League to Natural Parenting, there are groups of men and women from all walks of life who choose to band together with other like-minded people to raise their children. While some may seem especially interesting and perhaps idealistic at the beginning, your view on parenting is subject to change as time moves on. It is important to find groups of other parents who remain flexible and non-judgmental of one another and whose main goal is to facilitate closeness and camaraderie between moms and dads. Many groups are extremely focused on certain aspects of parenting and have a no holds barred approach when it comes to families with alternate ideas.
Choose a parent group that is close to home, but don't make convenience the only factor. If you live in an area of the country that has you feeling like a fish out of water, chances are the local parenting group won't feel right to you either. Check out the larger vicinity for meeting times and search online if you have specific interests you would like to engage in. For instance, if you are an equestrian, or are looking for groups that are geared toward an organized lifestyle – do a little research. There is nothing worse than feeling like you are stuck with a group of parents that you have nothing in common with.
Time is definitely a consideration. Every parent has different responsibilities from working to other familial tasks and it is important that a parenting group doesn't turn out to be another thing on your to-do list. It should be fun, engaging and you should be drawing something positive from the experience. If you are a working mom, you might want to find a group that is targeted to working mothers where you can not only gain support but also connect with last minute babysitters when you are in a bind. These moms too will be more closely able to understand what it is you are going through in life.
There are awesome parenting groups for single moms and for young moms as well. By joining a community that resonates with where you are in life right now, you can drastically change the outcome of your future.
One thing I beg you to consider is the fact that any group, whether a playgroup or parenting group should make you feel good as well as your child! So many parents become immersed in groups of people because of their children's interests. The older your child gets, the more you will realize that the same old people keep turning up at ball practice and class room parties – and you may or may not find a friend in any of them. Much time can be lost following children around and living in their life without a life of your own. Do yourself a favor and try to live a satisfying life for yourself as well. It is much easier to connect with other moms when there is more shared than just the age of your children. Having a strong network of mothers to lean on, talk to and hang out with from time to time can be the difference between a burned out mom and one who feels fulfilled in life. Parenting groups are a great way to start. If you are shy – don't count out the endless forums and groups available online as well, where you can reach and share life with millions of other moms just like you.