How to beat new-parent isolation
August 18, 2014 11:59 AM Subscribe
I'm a few months out from having my first kid. I'll be staying home to care for the child for at least the first year, and the thing that scares me the most is how many parents who did the same thing report feelings of isolation and loneliness. How can I minimize this in my life?
posted by ohisee to Human Relations (21 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I don't have family in the area, and none of my closest friends are having kids right now. So far, the ideas that stand out the most are joining/forming Meet-Up groups and maybe starting a blog. I'm generally a bit of an over-achiever and won't be working, so I'm interested in having an active role in creating a kick-ass community for new parents in my area.
The problem I see with the Meet-up groups is that planning is sporadic, and thus requires more scheduling work to see people. I feel like a standard meet-up time, maybe once or twice a week, would make more sense, so people can just show up when they can and there's less organizing.
The problem I see with the blog is that it is online, and I'm really looking for personal interaction. But obviously, some adult contact is better than none.
Parents, is there any type of event or organization that you wish existed when you had a small child? If you felt lonely staying at home with your kid, what did you wish for to make it easier? And related to that, what is realistic to expect? I know that new parents are sleep-deprived and stressed out, so maybe there is a way to engage other members of the community? Grandparents with kids who live far away? I'm up for any and all ideas.