This week’s resource review is a little late because I’ve been busy organizing and hosting a homeschooling playdate at our house. Â It’s one of the ways I’ve been working to build a network of supportive, like-minded parents in my face-to-face life, and we had a blast! Â Our house was full to bursting but I met several new people and got to know some others a little better.
Having a supportive parenting community to meet with in person sometimes takes a little work to make happen. Â Try looking for like-minded parents by searching for an Attachment Parenting International group, La Leche League or an attachment parenting group on meetup.com. Â Another place to search is on yahoo groups, as many grassroots parenting groups organize themselves using yahoo’s group email service. If nothing exists in your area, consider starting a parenting support group!
Meeting for coffee or a playdate with other supportive parents makesÂ my life as a parent so much more enjoyable. Â I mean, I love being homeÂ with my kids and watching them learn, but we humans are social creatures and need to have friends to call on and support. Â In the book, Why Good Things Happen to Good People, Dr. Stephen Post shares research findings on altruism that show that altruistic people live longer, happier lives. A parenting community is the perfect place to share and support one another, allowing us to better support our children!
Do you have a supportive parenting community in your offline life? Â How did you find like-minded parents in your area?