As a result of isolation spurred by COVID-19 over the last two years, we’ve realized the importance of social connection and support in our lives. As a parent you face unique challenges, especially as you navigate the effects of the pandemic. But the good thing is that you do not have to walk this journey alone. Finding your community of parents may provide you with the support and sanity you need to navigate the complexities of parenthood. How will you know when you’ve found your parenting people? Below are five ways you can tell when other parents have your back:
You share similar values
You and your parenting community will likely be aligned with what matters most to you when it comes to raising your children. Certain aspects of your parenting style may matter a lot to you and finding other parents who share a similar approach may feel really good, knowing your values are being echoed and respected when your children are with others. Having a shared set of values can also indicate that other parents fully support you in the areas that you want to grow.
You learn from each other
As parents and humans we simply do not have all of the answers. Learning about other parents’ experiences can provide you with so much knowledge, perspective, and guidance. And while you may not agree on everything related to parenting, your community will cultivate a safe environment to ask questions without imparting judgment.
They keep it real with you (respectfully)
Your parenting community will listen to your experiences and worries with an empathetic ear. They will hear your concerns and will validate your experiences, but they are also there to support your growth and that sometimes means telling you the hard truths. While it might be difficult to hear, just remember that your parenting people have the best intentions and want to see you thrive.
You communicate well with each other
Transparent and consistent communication is a great indicator of reliable communities. Whether that means having a scheduled time to talk or knowing that they will respond to you in a way that makes sense to you, trustworthy and active communication is a critical way to know that other parents are holding valuable space for you.
They root for your successes
Your parenting community will be the ones celebrating your wins whether big or small. They know how hard you work as a parent and will be there to remind you to savor those moments when your child finally eats a new veggie or when you’re able to drink your coffee while it’s still hot.