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Mom Groups – My Lifeline through my Parenting Journey


August 6, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Raising a Parent


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One of the first things I realized as a new mom was that motherhood can be quite isolating. Don’t get me wrong, I have a really strong support system in my family and they are always my first point of contact whenever I need to talk. But my interactions outside home and family had come to a complete halt. The one thing that eventually helped me feel connected to the outside world was interacting with other moms, in my own circle and on online forums. Connecting with other moms who were going through the same phases as I was made me feel like I wasn’t alone.

 

I came across an online mom groups and support forums while researching cloth diapers of all things! Joining one group led me to discover another one and that led to another one. Soon I was actively participating in a variety of groups, posting my own queries and sharing my experiences to help others like me. These support groups became my lifeline for all my small and big parenting concerns. Of course I could have got the answers I needed from books or by just Googling and going through the seemingly limitless information available online. But on all those tough initial days and nights, it is was so much more therapeutic for me to interact with real people and have real conversations; real moms who had faced the same situations before, who could resonate with me through my ups and downs of motherhood.

 

There are a plethora of groups available on Facebook and Whatsapp. These groups are split by location, child’s age, parenting style, hobbies and parenting niches (breastfeeding, formula feeding, cloth diapering, babywearing, weaning, parenting multiples, toilet training, mom blogging etc. etc. etc.) There is even a group dedicated only to baby sleep and it has close to 5,000 members! Not surprising right, considering baby sleep is what keeps parents us up all night (pun totally intended :-P).

 

And it is not just about parenting, mind you. We discuss everything from family, friendships, work, hobbies, all of life’s highs and lows. We celebrate each other’s’ successes, lend a shoulder to cry on through the tough times, offer advice when asked for or an ear if someone just needs to rant. We have forged lifelong friendships with our online friends and so many of them have translated into offline friendships as well, not only for the moms but also for our kids.

 

If you are considering joining these mom groups too, a few words of caution.

  1. To ensure that you maintain your sanity and are not drowning in notifications and updates, the key is join the ones that are right for you and resonate with your parenting philosophies
  2. Don’t share anything you do not want publicly known. Despite privacy rules of the groups, it is social media after all
  3. Do not rely on onlinegroups for any heath and medical concerns, please do seek guidance from your doctor / pediatrician for this  

 

Well they say that it takes a village to raise a child. I do not know where I will be without my online village!

 

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Comments
  1. Vasantha Vivek said on August 6, 2017 3:18 pm:

    Really groups help us in various mom’s. But as you said you must be cautious in using them. Well written post!!!

  2. Charu Sareen Gujjal said on August 6, 2017 3:22 pm:

    So agree with you. I am a part of many such parenting groups too and they are super helpful. Wonderful post!

  3. Kala Ravi said on August 6, 2017 3:32 pm:

    Indeed, online parenting sites are a boon to new mommies. I am sure one needs to find one’s way through the maze of helpful sites and find one that is genuine and offers real support.

  4. Zainab said on August 6, 2017 5:21 pm:

    These groups are really helpful & you are right to mention that despite the help we get its social media & we need to be careful while sharing info!
    Nice post Mahek 🙂

  5. Esha said on August 6, 2017 6:16 pm:

    I always wish I was better off with all the many mom-support groups that I hear about nowadays! I can see why that helps new moms fare so much better knowing that they are in it together and not alone, as we tended to be. Glad to know you have your online village to rely on at this point. Makes a huge difference to know you have someone out there to listen to you and share your woes with!

  6. Apeksha Rao said on August 6, 2017 6:19 pm:

    Well said. It does take a village to raise a child. So, advice from veterans is a blessing, especially when you are a new parent.

  7. Anchal said on August 6, 2017 6:29 pm:

    These groups are really very helpful. Moms always help moms because they know the best

  8. SHALINI BAISIWALA said on August 6, 2017 6:30 pm:

    Being part of groups helps to alleviate someof the loneliness and getting to know others issues/concerns makes you feel less alone and vulnerable

  9. Vinay Leo R. said on August 6, 2017 9:23 pm:

    Not a resource I’d use or know anything about. Good that it helped you. 🙂

  10. Sheethalsusan said on August 7, 2017 3:50 pm:

    Not a Mom yet. But I know how these supporting groups can be great help esp to new moms. Thanks to people and technology for extending a helping hand to others across distance.

  11. Keerthi Vydyula said on August 10, 2017 5:23 pm:

    My knowledge in this area is nil. But i can suggest these resources to my friends. Glad yo know that they helped you.

  12. Shalu Sharma Rathod said on August 12, 2017 6:45 pm:

    A group of like minded people is really important to have around. It’s lovely to have people around who understand you and you connect with. Loved reading about the resource.in your life.

  13. Prisha Lalwani said on August 12, 2017 7:11 pm:

    I was parenting twins and no one I knew had handled a set of twins before. In such a scenario, the internet came to my rescue. Of course Mommy groups were one of them, and I cant agree more.

  14. Anubhuti Seth said on August 13, 2017 9:13 am:

    I truly resonate with this …even I was saved by such a group during my journey of motherhood 🙂

  15. Kavita Singh said on August 14, 2017 9:18 am:

    You said it mama, support from fellow mom going through the same phase or have experienced similar things is pure bliss. I was and still am a part of such groups and it keeps me sane during my toddler tantrum days or such tough days.