We all have many roles in our lives. Few are as life changing as becoming parents. When a child enters the equation we suddenly have new obligations, new needs, new wants. We run on a very few hours of sleep. We adapt to become families (or grow our families bigger). We no longer can do just about anything on a whim. Due to many of these changes many new parents find themselves isolated. Their social lives look different, their days look different, sometimes even their interests look different. Social isolation and life stress is one reason some parents become depressed. Today I wanted to share some resources to help parents (mom's specifically, although dads are not immune to these feelings and reactions) feel connected and supported.
Since I'm located in San Mateo, some of these options are too!
- If you have children under 5 you can connect your child with social support and yourself through a local mother's club! Mother's Clubs offer a variety of ways to connect like play groups, support groups for specific issues (i.e. working moms, parents of kids with special needs, etc). They offer community activities and opportunities for learning and growth.
San Mateo Mother's Club: http://www.sanmateomothersclub.org
Belmont Mother's Club: http://www.scbmc.org/membership.html
- Check with your local library for story times, book clubs, and other social gatherings. I've personally met quite a few like-minded moms with similarly aged children to my own via my local library. Some options for connecting, like this one, do you require you to put yourself out there... which can be scary, but I encourage you to try!
You can search for groups of people that have similar interests as you (music, running, wine, parenting, etc) and join a group: http://bay-area.meetup.com
Create an account at girlfriendsocial.com, it is kind of like a online dating service, except it's for meeting friends. You create a profile and contact people based on your compatibility for friendship: http://www.girlfriendsocial.com
eeling supported and connected to people in your own community is enriching for you and your children. These can be great resources for transitioning (or managing) life stresses associated with parenting!