Last week I had lunch with a very good friend. We hadn’t seen each other in awhile but no matter – we are always able to just start up our conversation, our connections – where we left off.
Both of us have a child close in age. Our friendship goes way back to when they were just 5 and 6 years old. It’s taken us through our children’s elementary school years, high school, college, even weddings – and ourselves through being stay-at-home-moms to working full-time out of the home – supporting and sharing our evolving roles all the way.
It is such a valued friendship that I am grateful to have.
And one of the biggest joys of my job at The Parenting Place has always been seeing this same type of relationship develop between the parents that come to our parenting groups and Play Shoppes. For parents come to our groups new to parenting, new to La Crosse, looking for socialization and resources for their child – and so often finding a bonus – a good friend – a support network.
For parenting is definitely a journey that is easier shared with others who are going through the same experiences, stages, joys and concerns.
At our recent Parent Cafe at The Parenting Place, when asked “How do you stay grounded and secure as a parent?”, a participant shared that it’s through being able to parent her children among other parents who know and love her children. Even if her child might be having a difficult day, there is always that love, understanding, friendship, and support toward both her and her children that she can rely on and trust.
If you haven’t been to one of our parenting groups at The Parenting Place, check out our website – http://www.theparentingplace.net or give us a call – 784-8125 and ask to speak to a parent educator to find the group that works best for you.