Originally published on The Consciously Parenting Blog January 21, 2011
The challenge of being a parent today isn’t a lack of information. In fact, information overload has made parenting more challenging. Especially when you consider that the answers for your family aren’t going to come from the outside, but from within yourself. After all, who knows you and your family better? Sometimes, though, we find ourselves needing some guidance or some suggestions beyond the usual time-outs or other parenting strategies that just don’t seem to be working.
Who do you listen to?
Where do you turn when you’re really struggling with a parenting decision or when you’re at the end of your rope?
What does your support network look like?
Do you have a support network or do you feeling like you’re parenting all alone?
Two weeks ago, I had the great honor of participating in a discussion group of parents with young children. The facilitator, Evelyn Ojeda-Fox, owner of The Peaceful Birth Project in Clearwater, FL, has created a beautiful space for the women to gather with their children and talk about what is really important to them. This unique space allows the women to find their own voice as they listen to other mothers share their own experiences, while still creating the space for the mother to make her own decision about what’s best for her unique family. It made me think of all the times that I needed that and didn’t have it. And how many moms need it, but don’t have it.
Do you have a place to go where you can say what’s really going on for you without fear of judgment?
Do you have a friend you can call after your latest blow up with your kids and express how you’re really feeling?
I know that lots of parents are feeling alone out there. What do you need? How can we support you?