At parent groups, there's room for celebration, laughing and sharing successes and frustrations over a cup of tea. In short, they can be sanity savers for new parents!
Especially at this stage, when the going is tough and you’re tired and wondering why being a parent isn’t as easy as you expected, it can be a real life-saver to meet other parents with children the same age. Parents who understand how much you long to go to the toilet in peace, sleep in late just one morning or wear a sweater without getting vomit down your back.
Meet new friends in a parent group
Meeting other parents with same-aged children can feel like coming home at last. You’ve got so much in common. Even though you know nothing else about each other and may come from completely different backgrounds, you can really help and support each other.
Plunket can help put you in contact with a parent group in your area. Go to www.plunket.org.nz and search for ‘parent groups’. Another useful contact is Playcentre. They run SPACE programmes (Supporting Parents Alongside Children’s Education) for new parents and their babies. Go to www.space.org.nz for more information. <local adaption>