14 Sep Get Your Daily Dose of Community
Remember your kids’ preschool days? (Maybe you’re still in ’em — or looking forward to them starting!)
What I remember is dropping the kids off for a couple of hours and having the holy grail of motherhood — Alone Time. Sometimes I’d be really really tired and only have time to get the dishes done before I went back and picked up the kids. Often we would wander to the park with other parents and have lunch under the trees.
I was meeting so many other moms and dads, building community. It was one of the sweetest times because here we were, all figuring out the whole mystery of parenting together, and we were absolutely bonded. It was blissful.
Not only was it fun, but it was good for us and our kids. The tribe helped us figure out our own flavor of attachment parenting, discuss probiotics kids would swallow, and provide a safe place for us to express the frustrations of motherhood.
Conversations included allergies, antibiotics (yes or no), birth stories, discipline, exercise, food packaging safety, homeopathic experiences, second and third pregnancies, and the ever-evolving debate on co-sleeping. Whether you are smack dab in the middle of those days or remembering them as you read, these are the formative years for our parent identities.
Playdates and hangouts with other parents and kids provide a window into the amazing differences between kids’ likes and dislikes, personalities, temperaments and body constitutions.
You’re always navigating the uncharted waters of parenting a new little being, who — newsflash — is completely different and unique.
Community is healthy. Necessary. And so very enjoyable! My kids are now teens and the community is still there but it’s changed. Now I have expanded my community to include an online group of parents who have a desire to raise holistic and connected kids. And now we can follow awesome experts online who feel like kindred spirits even if we have never been to their backyard.
You’re invited to join my online hub for you and your big parenting ideas to be nurtured and grow.It’s your conscious community of parents online. Community is healthy, and Well-Beings (that’s what I call it) is a wellness community.
Just like that warm hug from your child, when you relax into your community — real and online — you’ll be held and healthy.
Thanks for being a part of this community. And now go call a friend and set up a playdate and have some fun!