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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7 Labor Day Family Activities

labor day activitiesLabor Day is approaching. It’s the last summer holiday before the kids go back to school (if they haven’t already) and the last chance for celebration until Halloween. This makes it a perfect day to spend some quality time with your family before everyone’s lives pick up the pace again. Don’t sit around the house this Labor Day. Try out some of these activities.

1. Attend a parade.

Many towns throughout the country host an annual Labor Day parade to celebrate the holiday. These parades are usually filled with fire trucks, police cars, marching bands, and floats from local charities, organizations and clubs. Young kids get a kick out of the spectacle. Pick a good seat earlier in the day so your kids can catch the candy that’s often thrown off the floats!

2. Teach some history.

Use this day as an opportunity to teach your kids about the meaning and history of Labor Day, which celebrates the contributions and labors of all the people who have worked to build this great country. We’ve been celebrating it since 1984 with parades, fireworks, fairs, and other family-friendly events. It’s a day where we appreciate each other’s hard work and take a rest.

3. Spend the day at the park.

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer, when communities stop planning local events, pools close and school starts up again. If you don’t have a parade going on, your local town center probably has some sort of event planned. This could be a fair, free concert or meet-up. Enjoy this last opportunity to get outside and interact with your neighbors before the weather changes.

4. Host a barbecue.

If nothing is going on in your community, set something up yourself. All you need is a backyard and a grill to have fun. Set up a potluck event. Tell your friends to invite anyone along they like, as long as they bring a contribution to the party, like a dish, drinks, ice, chips, burgers, etc. If you don’t care who shows up, inviting people is easy.

5. Volunteer.

Many non-profits schedule fundraising and volunteer opportunities around times people have off work, like Labor Day. These types of workers also often don’t have the typical days off like most people, so they can always use the help.

6. Attend a food festival.

I promise you some cultural group is having a food festival somewhere near you on Labor Day. Whether it’s the Irish festival, the Italian festival, the Portuguese festival or the Chinese festival (well, I’ve never seen that one, but it could happen!), you’re bound to find a good food experience somewhere.

7. Watch a sporting event.

If your family follows a particular sports team, you probably know that games played on that day usually come with some sort of bonus. They might offer half-off tickets, a free prize when you show up, or a special ceremony or concert during the game. Make a day of it with your family and cheer for the home team!

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

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!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.