Just as there is no shortage of things to do in Austin, there is no shortage of communities to inspire, encourage, and equip you in your parenting journey. Finding a support group, or a group of like-minded parents to hang out with, is as simple as a quick Google search.
But we’ve made it even easier for you by narrowing the list to these great opportunities. Check them out and find your village–or your next play date with or without the kids.
Meetup is exactly what its name implies–a way to meet up with other people who share your interests, lifestyle, or family style. Meetup encourages positive interactions that “support and respect”. You can find groups for single parents, parents of special needs children, parents who believe in positive discipline, parents local to your Austin neighborhood, or parents of teens. Chances are, whatever your current situation, there’s a Meetup group you might enjoy. Groups encourage both family activities and adult-only activities to foster friendships, one of the most important relationships parents need.
Texas Parent to Parent
This statewide group focuses on using the peer support model to help parents of children with special needs. Autism, chronic illness, disabilities, and other special needs are their niche. They also offer Spanish speaking groups. By offering family support to parents dealing with these stressful situations, Texas Parent to Parent can become a safe harbor in a world of uncertainty.
Austin Moms Blog
Looking for a great place to find everything from a neighborhood park gathering to a weekend DIY project to a new recipe for dinner? The Austin Moms Blog is a great one-stop shop for all things Austin and parenting. You’ll find reviews of new places, humorous parenting anecdotes, and links to find play dates with your neighbors.
PipSqueaks: Partners in Parenting
The goal of Partners in Parenting (PIP) is to provide support to new parents and to help you connect with people who can become your village. This community-based peer support believes “healthy families raise healthy children.” Groups meet in homes for several weeks discussing parenting highs and lows, babies’ development, and other topics pertinent to new parenthood.
No matter your parenting style or situation, there’s a group for you in Austin. Tell us–who’s in your village?