Building your own community or village can be hard, especially when you’re already feeling exhausted from the day-to-day work of parenting. But in the long run, it can be totally worth it. Some of the bigger benefits help with childcare, having a safe and non-judgemental space to share your struggles, and providing your children with a rich and diverse social network. In addition, you will be able to collaborate with other parents, share resources, and gain more insight and ideas into positive parenting strategies.
Keep in mind that it doesn’t have to happen overnight – and nor should it. Think of establishing a community/village for your family like growing a garden. You will need to plant the seeds and tend to them slowly and carefully with small steps. See what grows in your environment – not all relationships will be “the one” but with care and attention, likely you will find people that feel safe and supportive, and lift you and your family up.