Whether you are a new mom or you’e been a mom for the last 10 years or more, you always have a need for support and information. I have been a mom for the past 8 years and one of the things that I have learned is that moms need support from other moms. It doesn’t matter whether your kids are 1 year old or 10 year olds. Support from others will always be a source of information and encouragement to better parenting.
Support groups can come in the form of:
1. your own social circle of friends
2. FB groups, Twitter friends
3. Blogger friends and mom forum friends
4. Friends from religious groups
5. Magazines or books
6. Product clubs
As our kids grow up, we encounter different circumstances and challenges and sometimes, asking other moms for help and information is the best way to deal with them. When my kids were still babies, my personal source of information were books, magazines and mom blogs that I often visit. I always checked them for tips and how-to articles regarding baby care. Eventually, I discovered great products that other moms reviewed and some great but easy dishes to prepare at home. Now that my kids are school aged, I especially love those mom blogs which discuss biblical parenting and parenting tips. Discipline and issues of the heart are the common issues I deal with most often lately. Since we also homeschool the kids, homeschooling articles in the internet are also my source of support. Of course, nothing beats having a homeschool support group who prays with you and shares your burden with you.
It is through these support groups that you also grow as a person. You learn to help, become considerate and put others first. Support groups can also be venues for outreach and for community projects. It is not only a place where you get support but you also learn to give to others.
Do you have your own support group? What group is this?