Finding Your Mom Tribe: Why Mama Support Groups Are Good for You
Motherhood is tough, especially for first-time moms. It’s a whole new territory that can leave anyone feeling overwhelmed, scared, confused, anxious—or all of the above. While you may be getting support from family and friends, being with a group of people who go through exactly the same thing as you can help make parenting less of a struggle and more of an everyday joy.
Whether you want to learn from fellow mamas or simply want a circle who cheers you up when things get hard, you can benefit from being part of a community of like-minded individuals. Here are some reasons why finding and keeping a mom tribe (a.k.a. your parent support group) may be more helpful than you think.
1. It can reduce stress levels.
Juggling different tasks, from baby care to household chores, can be . Your responsibility as a mom can sometimes be a heavy one to carry, so having a support group who listens to you and gives you tips—parentings and anything about life—can help lighten that load on your shoulder.
2. Finding solutions becomes easier.
Want suggestions on for your child? Your fellow mamas may just provide a first hand review of that school you’re eyeing. Looking for ? Ask your group and mamas there may just give you a lead. When you’re searching for the best solution, all you have to do is ask or post on the community page.
As a , you are also always on the lookout for ways to get perks and rewards in your purchases. If you are part of the , you even get rewarded for sharing about products and services you trust and love as a mom!
3. You get to exchange ideas with other moms.
Being in a community with fellow moms can be an enriching experience. You can ask them for advice, and they can also seek yours. Learn how other stay-at-home moms were able to earn extra cash or share with them your best practices when working from home. It’s like finding friends you can grow with and learn from, while you’re all going through the roller-coaster ride that is motherhood.
4. It’s an opportunity to make new friends.
When was the last time you did something with your non-mama friends since you welcomed a little human into this world? More often than not, the other moms in your support group have the same social life as yours—it could range from little to none. If being active in an online mommy group is your version of a social life now, then take this opportunity to make new friends who will be on this motherhood journey with you.
5. You gain wisdom from more experienced mamas.
Chances are, there are moms in your group who have somehow mastered the art and science of motherhood. They’ve been moms and wives for years, so you can learn a lot from their experiences. It’s like finding older sisters who can guide you through the process until you’ve fully adjusted and find your groove.
6. You will be able to work through personal and family issues better.
Women who have strong support systems are more likely to deal with family and motherhood issues in healthier ways. Instead of spending your energy getting anxious and depressed with whatever you’re going through, you can talk to your support group about these issues and they can help you deal with it and make better decisions.
7. Your kids become friends with theirs.
Who says social interaction in mom support groups is only limited to the mamas? Children benefit from it too, especially if you’ve developed close friendships with some of your fellow mothers and have started introducing each others’ kids to be playmates or friends too.
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