Life happens fast, and with young children, it’s common to have a busy schedule. It is often difficult to find time for oneself. Building a good support system this year can help you manage your life, care for yourself, and give your children what they need.
A support system includes extended family, friends, your child care provider, and fellow parents. They should be people who truly care about you, your family, who want to see your family succeed, and have the capacity to provide the help you need in a time of emergency or crisis. These aren’t people who are there for your everyday needs – these are people who are willing to come to your rescue when you need them.
People who you see every day, like coworkers and neighbors, are also great people to add to your support system. They can provide safe places for your children, offer advice and guidance in your parenting journey, or invite you to community events that maybe you wouldn’t have been aware of before. This is a great way to build a support system without adding anything extra to your plate or schedule.
Your children likely spend a good deal of time in child care or at school. If this is the case, don’t forget to look at these groups of people as part of your support system; they already are! They are your partners in educating and raising your children and have the best in mind for your children. Ask questions whenever you can and ask for advice on behavior, communication style, and anything that you can be working on at home. If your schedule allows, get involved in the activities provided and maintain good relationships with the people who work there, including teachers, providers, and other parents.
A support system can be used for:
- Emotional support
- Emergency babysitting
- Parenting advice
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