While parenting will no doubt bring some of life’s greatest joys, it can also be one of the loneliest of jobs. This seems ironic given the busyness of a child’s schedule—school, lessons, and play dates. But while we are doing all of these things for our children, we might be missing out on the true connections of a parenting community.
Thanks to social media, it is possible to chat at any hour of the day with friends, family, or those who understand the highs and lows that come with parenting. But if you’re not plugged in with any group, whether virtual or local, you might feel as though you have no one to talk with about concerns, frustrations, and achievements.
Parenting community groups come in all shapes, sizes, and situations. Groups exist for special needs families or parents committed to natural parenting. Some groups were established to build connections among young mothers, stay at home moms, or working mothers. Many groups schedule meet ups and play dates that are as much for fostering relationships among the parents as they are for giving your child an outlet.
Find Your Village
When it comes to a parenting community group, the best approach is to seek out those who have similar parenting styles, beliefs, or situations. Look for groups that target single parents, those new to the area, or stay-at-home moms. No matter your personal convictions, there is a place for your family.
Community groups are also excellent resources for information such as:
- Consignment sales
- At home distributors
- Private schools
- Local school districts
You’ll find advice on everything from immunizations to playground etiquette to handling that 3 a.m. fever.
Just as children grow and thrive with close, dependable relationships, so do parents. Establishing friendships and building a network of those who are reliable for pickups, childcare swaps, or coffee breaks will help you wrangle all the nuances of parenthood.
As great as Facebook and social media can be, it is also important to find local groups to hang out with. The San Antonio area has a variety of groups. Here are a few we’ve found:
San Antonio Meet Up: Social group for parents and families.
Center for Parent Information and Resources: Parents of children with disabilities can find groups in their local area.
Hand in Hand Parenting: Online resource for finding—or building—a community group.
San Antonio Natural Parenting: Facebook group for “a community of parents with a desire to raise and treat our children in the most healthy and natural ways we are comfortable with.”
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers): Groups for mothers with children birth—Kindergarten focusing on relationships and self-care. MOPS International is a grassroots movement that believes moms are influencers.
Let us know about your community group!