5 Tips for Starting a Parent Support Group

Starting a Parent Support GroupParent support groups can share information about the disabilities of their children, school services, therapy, local policies, funding sources, transportation, medical facilities, emotional support and much more. If there aren’t any support groups locally that you feel as if you want to be a part of, you can look to start your own to help other like-minded parents. Here are our tips for starting a parent support group:

1. Energy and Time

Before even taking the necessary steps to begin forming this support group, it’s important to analyze your own situation in terms of the amount of energy and time you have to give. Starting a group takes a lot of commitment and if you end up becoming overwhelmed by all the work, it may end up being a waste. Having another parent to partner with to start the group can be a big help, however!

2. Meeting Area

Any functioning support group is going to need a reliable place to hold meetings and events. In the early stages of your group, a members’ house may suffice. However, if this will ideally become a successful support team, then a larger space will be needed. Check with your local churches, community centers, or other office buildings to see who may have space for rent.

3. Volunteer Help

When starting out, you’ll want to gather up a core group of parents who are willing to get the support group started from the ground floor. You’ll need their help in setting up various meetings and events, spreading the word to get more potential members, and any other tasks that you can’t handle on your own.

4. Communication

In order to maintain the various aspects of this support group amongst its members, a method of communicating with one another is necessary. Email usually works well for this, or even a listserv for when the group begins to grow larger in number. Many different email clients, like Yahoo, allow you to set up your own listserv for free in order to communicate with a group through email.

5. Spread the Word

While you may want to keep the support group personal and intimate, it’s still important to spread the word about your initiative. Remember, there’s most likely tons of parents who are faced with the same issues and problems as the ones in your group. After all, the goal of this is to help each other, so why not reach out to as many parents as possible?

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5 Tips to Bond with Your Newborn

tips for bonding with newbornThe first few months of your baby’s life can set the tone for your entire relationship. By developing a loving, connected bond with your newborn, you can create the groundwork for a positive relationship. You want your little one to feel secure and less afraid of his new environment. Take every opportunity you can to bond so you can nurture that connection.

1. Use lots of touch.

After birth, your baby’s skin is very sensitive. Your little one just came from an environment where he was constantly in contact with your body. Touching you gives him a secure feeling. Hospitals everywhere encourage mothers to hold their newborns to their chests in the moments after birth to help calm the baby. Hold your newborn close often. If you’re relaxing on the sofa or bed, bring your baby with you, rather than alone in the bassinet.

2. Make your baby smile.

Any time you can draw a laugh, smile, or squeak out of your baby, you are building a positive memory in his mind of his parent. Create enough of these positive moments and he will begin to light up at your appearance. Reinforce this condition whenever you can. Use gentle tickling, silliness, and laughing of your own to have positive moments.

3. Bond during feeding.

Infants require a lot of feeding; initially every one to three hours. During these moments, look into your infant’s face while gently stimulating his skin. Conventional wisdom says newborns are more aware during their feedings, so this is a perfect time to develop that connection. Breastfeeding is an especially intense bonding experience; most mothers miss it once they stop.

4. Talk and sing whenever you can.

You might silly talking with someone who can’t respond, but communicating with your baby helps him understand that you are paying attention to him. Narrate your actions, behaviors, and feelings, even what you’re doing is mundane and routine. At first your conversation will be one-sided, but you’re helping your baby understand that communication with his parents is easy, harmless, and comforting.

5. Calm down.

Just like adults, babies intuitively understand the emotions of the people around them. They feel what you’re feeling. If you are tense, anxious, and frustrated, your behavior will pass that on to your child. On the same token, you relax, smile, sing a gentle song, and speak positively, your baby will share those feelings. Relationships are built on positive emotions, so stay peppy!

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One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

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