Parenting is one of the most important jobs. But, it can also be one of the hardest. Every stage in raising children brings more questions and difficult choices. However, honest, open and informative conversations about the challenges of parenting are often rare. This is where parenting support networks come in. 

Why support is essential for parents

You may have tried books or searched Google for answers to tough parenting situations, but nothing compares to finding real parenting support. No matter what stage of parenting you’re in, there are people who will support you and want what’s best for your family. Let’s look at all the benefits of finding the right support: 

  • It reminds parents that they are not alone 
  • Parenting can sometimes feel like a lonely path when you have to make difficult decisions. But, it is important to know that there are millions of other parents going through the same. Support groups can be highly valuable. They provide a space where parents can vent frustrations, ask questions and get on actionable steps to handle specific issues with their children — all without judgment or criticism from others who’ve been there before. Feeling less alone can be enough to fortify parents to tackle tough situations.

  • It offers a way to access resources 
  • Parenting support networks exist to provide an outlet for parents to find resources, advice and inspiration on important topics like breastfeeding, sleep training, sibling rivalry, separation anxiety and more. A community of other parents who are going through similar struggles can be a great place to get help and encouragement. 

  • It provides an opportunity to build skills
  • Support networks allow you to gain insights about solutions from trusted sources. Other parents talk about the coping skills that work for them. In turn, this can lead to learning valuable new skills from others. 

  • It offers hope
  • Support networks provide a safe space to find hope and courage in making important decisions. It’s easy for parents to feel isolated or ashamed of their situations or circumstances. A support network offers something often missing from our society — a place where you can be honest about your challenges without being judged.

    Where to find a support network

    There are many ways to find support. You can look for online listings of support groups, speak to family or friends that are in similar life stages, ask a doctor or paediatrician for a referral or get suggestions from a mental health professional.

    Getting the right support can make parenting easier

    As parents, we often feel isolated, which can make it difficult to ask for help. Therefore, it is so important to have a network of support that can be useful in sharing experiences, asking for help or getting practical tips we might not have considered otherwise. Moreover, the right support can provide healthy parenting skills, an enhanced sense of empowerment, and a general feeling of belonging. Ultimately, this can make parenting easier.