Some people find strength and confidence by joining parenting groups. There are many different types of parenting groups and parent education courses that can meet the needs of your family. If you are finding that you are needing extra support this may be a great resource for you.
WHAT ARE PARENT GROUPS:
Parent groups are when a group of parents or a child’s main care provider, such as grandparent, aunt, uncle, sibling, adopted or foster parent reaches out for help in a group setting. They are individuals who have concerns or in need of guidance on parenting issues.
FINDING THE RIGHT SUPPORT GROUP:
Like with choosing a childcare program, you will need to look at what your individual needs are. Are you looking for a support group that will help with children with special needs, single parent families, troubled children or teens or just on managing the stress of parenting.
Look at what the group philosophy is, read up on the facilitator, and make sure that this will be a match to you and your beliefs. You will not be able to get the most out of a support group if it clashes with your beliefs.
WHAT SORT OF HELP YOU MAY RECEIVE:
Each organization and support group may use different ways to lead the session.
Parents may be provided with information on different support their community has to offer.
Some support groups may have the resources to have specialists visit and give talks on different topics.
A support group can provide a safe place for parents to open up and talk about their fears and concerns they are experiencing.
DIFFERENT WAYS TO FIND A LOCAL SUPPORT GROUP:
With the internet at our finger tips, ways to find information out has become easier. You can also contact your local YMCA and inquire with them on different programs with your community. Sometimes your local rec center will also be able to point you into the right direction.
These groups can be a great resource and a way to meet other parents within your community.