Building Support for Your Parenting

Photo (C) Julia Freeman-Woolpert 2007

When I was pregnant many people said, “Your life’s going to change once you have kids.” And while I nodded in agreement, nothing prepared me for the moment my daughter was born and my life really did change. As I held this perfect little person in my arms I realized I would do anything for her. And so, my journey as a parent had begun.

Parenting has been a path of joy and hardship for me, from sweet moments filled with snuggles and giggles to challenging moments filled with little fists and harsh words. No matter how dark my path has seemed at times, I continue to follow the light of connection toward my daughter. With the support I have found through Hand in Hand and my listening partners I see my priorities are shifting. I remind myself connection is more important than getting to school on time and playing in the rare rain of Central Oregon is worth postponing bedtime.

When parenting gets hard I now have a network of people who hold the space that I will find my way through this. My wish is to connect parents everywhere with the support they deserve.

You can start creating your community of support by checking out the email group Hand in Hand Discuss. This online community is a wonderful resource for parents using the Hand in Hand tools. You can also connect with parents by joining Hand in Hand’s moderated Facebook Parent Support Group.

Let’s support each other in the worthy (and hard!) work of nurturing children!

~ Michelle Pate Hartrop, Parenting by Connection Instructor and Consultant. You can connect with her via Facebook or via her website.

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