When many women have their first child they enter this world of the unknown when so many things they see, do, hear, are firsts. Sometimes it can be a very scary time. This new baby won’t stop crying. What is wrong with it? This baby won’t eat. Why? This baby never sleeps. Will I ever feel normal again? Questions and uncertainty fill the heads of new moms. Where should a new mom go for help, advice, reassurance? Other moms. Finding groups, activities that you can join in and get to know other moms in the same boat as you is priceless. Not just for the activity and socialization, which yes is very important, but this is a platform where you can air your worries, concerns, a place where others will appreciate what you are going through and support you in a way that not many others can. Classes like Kinder Kicks offers moms the chance to come together, chat, air their concerns, help others through something they may have already been through, provide strength to those who are struggling, make lifelong friendships. Kinder Kicks provides a platform for parents to feel safe, a platform to ask questions and to build the bond between not just the people around them, but their child too. As well as all of that we also provide the opportunity to have a gentle workout with your baby or toddler, learn together, share together, explore and play together. Where laughter is heard and encouraged and even when we arrive having not had any sleep, the parents leave happy that they came, they shared and they connected with other families who are going through similar situations.
When my son was little we joined a group. We made friends, the group stayed together and our friendships grew. My son is much older now, and our friendships have grown with us. All because of this one group, this one lifeline that gave us a belonging, a place to talk freely and reach out for advice or help when we were unsure. We made lifelong friendships that I am sure will continue to grow with us. Priceless.
Don’t be on your own, reach out and find the group that will give you an activity to bond with your child, AND give you that sounding board to reassure you when you are unsure and questioning yourself if you are doing things properly. These meaningful friendships will be strong and follow you through the baby year, toddler, pre school, school, teenager years and beyond.
A great article in the Baby Center: Mothers Groups – How to find one that suits you. It highlights the importance of meeting other moms. Check it out and let us hear your stories. What groups helped you feel like you belong? We look forward to reading all about you. @babycenter