At the end of last year, we had big dreams for this community. We wanted this to be a place you could go for advice, to feel supported, make connections, and meet up in real life (remember what that was like?).
Because it was already hard enough to be a parent. It was already isolating and lonely. And now this. Our vision for this community (and, lets face it, most of what we wanted to do in 2020) was completely derailed by Covid-19.
But now the need is greater. The isolation deeper. The parenting so much harder. As a friend of mine recently wrote to me, "I've never felt such a convergence of heaviness and turmoil." Me either.
So we're here to figure it out together. Amidst caring for ourselves and our children, trying to maintain relationships, managing risk tolerance, and taking on a completely overwhelming and unreasonable amount of emotional labor.
Here are a few new ways we're going to make it happen:
Everyone here has a thread that weaves us all together. Many of you have been in a Mama's Circle (or two or three!) or taken a prenatal or postnatal yoga class together. So you might feel connected to a few people here but don't know many others. That is OK!
In an effort to help us all feel more connected, we are going to be sharing a story from a member of our community each week. Please take a few minutes to read one another's stories, comment, and connect! We'd also love to share yours, so please reach out if you'd like to be featured.
We are looking into hosting events and special talks by therapists, home design professionals, pediatricians, sleep specialists, parenting coaches, lactation consultants, and more. If you have any special requests for those events or have a talk you would like to share, please let us know.
We'll also dive into monthly themes that will allow you to learn about yourself and create positive change in your own life and the lives of others. And to start it off, this month we're going to start to figure out what we need.
We're often given the advice "ask for help!" Which is great, and incredibly powerful when receive it, but we have to know what to ask for.
We may ask ourselves: What will actually help? Maybe it's a shower every morning. Someone to take your kids for a day (or a month?!). It could be a scholarship so you can take a yoga class or join a mamas circle. Or a really big ugly cry. The time and brain space to read an anti-racist book to your 4-year-old and talk about it. A social media detox. Long walks as a family. A visit with an elderly relative. The reminder that you're not in this alone.
We're here for you - to teach and learn and completely mess up together. We always love your feedback, thoughts, honesty, and realness.
Check back throughout the month for articles, questions, links and more.
Thank you for being a part of our community!