Monday, September 5, 2011

Tip #15: Build a Support Group

Families have changed drastically. There was a time that grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters, and cousins could depend on each other for support of raising a child. With jobs moving families away from that circle of support, and single parents are trying to do the job that ten to twenty people use to do, this brings us to tip #15.

Tip #15 : Build a support group.

It is not easy to build a support that you feel you can trust with helping you with your child. One thing I can tell you is that everyone needs some help. The statement, "It takes a village to raise a child", is really true. You are very fortunate if you have a close family connection. If you don't make sure you know the people you ask to help you. It can be as simple as asking for advice about disciple or you need someone else to talk to the child about a situation. Many times you may need someone to watch or pick the your child up from a game, or go with you to a school conference. It definitely must be someone you know and trust, and even after all of that be careful. Always talk to your child and make sure they are comfortable with everyone in your support group. This support group should have the same moral principle you have and are willing to be a part of your child's life. Your support group could look like the following:

1. Family members
2. Close friends
3. Church members
4. Senior citizens willing to be adopted grandparents
5. A parent at your child's school
6. Big Brothers/Big Sisters
7. Neighbors

Just always keep an eye out for those you feel will be a good example and role model for your child. Even families with two parents need a little help every now and then. Hopefully, you will build a support group that will help you and your child through this maze called "parenthood".


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