Have you ever had a bad parenting day? Scratch that: If you’re a parent, you’ve had a bad parenting day. Whether it’s troublesome behavior from your kids, chaotic scheduling, conflicts with your own personal To Do list, illness, or what have you, some days are just rough. Having a good support system in place from early in your parenting career is so important to maintaining a happy family.
Being a first time parent often means a huge change in your peer group. Surely you’ll maintain friendships from before parenthood but at every stage of your baby’s life you’ll have the opportunity to meet a whole new group of people, from your prenatal classes to play groups to preschool to elementary and so forth. You might find peers in your new exercise group, at your church, or even form a closer, reflective connection with those who raised you.
From the beginning, identify the one or two people who a) you completely admire their personality and their parenting style and b) you feel totally comfortable confiding in. Keep that number handy for those bad parenting days. We all need support from time to time. A simple phone call or text with one of these people can turn a rough day into an motivational experience and recharge you for whatever parenthood throws at you next.