Oh, how much easier it would be, if parenting came with a user’s manual. Alas, it doesn’t — you have to figure it out on your way. Well, that’s not entirely true. It’s not as if you’re completely alone in your quest to give your child the best start in life. Not at all, in fact: there are many avenues of support that you can call upon. It might not always feel like it, but you’ll likely have a whole host of supportive people in your life, both directly and indirectly. Below, we take a look at some of the most common sources
Friends and Family
If you’re lucky enough to have plenty of excellent friends and family members in your life, then of course you’ve got support! Indeed, as soon as you have your child, he or she is going to have perhaps dozens of warm-hearted, loving people in their life. If you need a little rest, then they’ll happily take over for a bit. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, they’ll be on hand to tell you that you’re doing a great job. Embrace them when they say they want to be involved — it really does make all the difference.
Of course, it’s not always possible to rely on friends and family, and especially so if they don’t have children of their own. It’s the most intense experience known to humanity, so if they’re willing to help, if they haven’t been through the process themselves, then they can’t. But other mothers can. Enroll your little one in classes, or attend mother get-togethers in your local area, and get talking. You’ll find that all the crazy things you’ve been living aren’t so insane after all. They’ll be a great cushion for when you think it’s all too much.
Nobody is perfect in every single way. In one way or another, you’re going to need some help with your children. And while it can be scary to think that there’s an issue that needs to be addressed, it’s always important to remember that there are professionals on hand who are specifically trained to deal with the same issues you’re going through. You can get help with all manner of things; it could be autism therapy, help to learn how to talk, behavioral help, or anything else. Don’t think you’re alone, even if no-one you know is living through the same issue.
You think you’re clueless about parenting? Then perhaps you should read some of the best selling memoirs about parenthood. They’ll help to understand something that we’d all be wise to remember more often: that none of us have it all figured out, and we all need a little help from time to time.
Finally, don’t forget that you can always lean on yourself for support! You’re a tough, confident person. Sure you can handle this, even if you crack every now and again. Just keep that little flame of hope alive, and you can overcome anything.