Parenting is difficult. If you have recently been blessed with a child, try joining a support group for new parents. It is a wonderful opportunity to make friends and connect with others facing similar situations in your community. It is a great way to share experiences and encourage one other, reducing the stress of parenthood.
More experienced parents and experts will be able to discuss relevant topics, such as communicating with your baby, introduction to solids, cloth diapering, breastfeeding, sleep issues, and more. If you are interested in a NYC new parents support group, here are a few tips to get your group up and running.
Before you begin recruiting members, define you group’s purpose and needs. What are your group’s interests? Who will be in charge of organizing events? Create a membership calling sheet. One of the most basic things to remember is that parents will not naturally seek out your group. You need to find them and initiate contact.
Also, notify local professionals that your group is available. Most professionals working with parents would love having a new parents support group to recommend when faced with a stressed or overwhelmed parent. These professionals include doctors, hospital staff, lactation consultants, and more.
Make use of technology to contact other parents in your community. It can be your ally in reducing the leg work of inviting attendees and keeping in touch with other participants. Think of starting an electronic discussion list for widespread distribution of weekly newsletters and flyers. You can even have your meetings scheduled by mail.
The convenience of an online parents’ support group is its around-the-clock availability to its members. Concerned parents anywhere in the world can go online and connect anytime of the day or night. For example, if you are having issues with your baby’s sleeping habits, try searching for a new moms support group online. Many parenting sites specialize in being an online support group, with enough information and useful tips for new moms and dads.