Parenting is often called the toughest job you’ll ever love. While parenting is tremendously fun and rewarding, it can also be hard and stressful. It may “take a village” to raise a child but parents also need their own "village" for getting support, advice, and encouragement.
In a study conducted by the Search Institute, in conjunction with the YMCA of the USA, the number-one finding was that most parents felt isolated, even if they are married. Research consistently shows that parents are more effective when they have lots of practical help and encouragement. Children also benefit when their parents are connected and supported.
Over half (53%) of parents surveyed, said they don’t have any sources of support. Another 33% could only name one source of support.
Think about how you can increase the support you receive and the ways you can support other parents. Start with the people you already know. Get over any fears you might have about asking for help and ask. Find formalized support through programs like Early Chldhood Family Education, Circles of Support, etc. Encourage caring and trusted adults to spend time with your chjildren, sharing their lives, experiences and talents. Ask neighbors to start an informal child care coop where you take turns caring for and getting to know each others' kids.
Use this website as a virtual source of support by participating in our blog, identifying resources you might have been unfamiliar with and sharing your best tips and ideas.