When my mom had her children, she and many other women on the block stayed home. During the day, they could help each other out while running errands and during school runs. Even growing up, I distinctly remember hanging out in my neighbor’s homes among friends; quite happily, I might add. This gave my mother a break, and expanded my own little social network.
Take my community in Del Ray. People are trusting, but day cares and nannies fill in much of the network my mom utilized. But connecting with other mom’s is so important; in fact, it may be the most important lesson in my postpartum journey.
I like to think the internet has been able to address at least part of this need. Connecting these days has never been easier. Technology allows us to immediately reach out and touch someone. For new moms, this can be an effective lifeline; especially as we live in communities that are very different from the one’s our mother’s grew up in. Take advantage! God created us for relationships, your new baby is a perfect excuse to get out there and make new friends.
Treat this blog an extension of friendship from me to you. I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned, and taking in your tips and tricks as well. It’s a win-win, and the world always needs those.