Where do you find support as a parent?

For the past two years I have had the honor of being in the top 25 creative blog moms at Circle of Moms.

Circle of Moms by popsugar is a community of moms providing support in all areas of parenting.  If you are a working mom, a stay at home mom, a mom of a teenager or a newborn, you will find information and support at Circle of Moms.

From the moment I became a mom I sought out other parents who could help me normalize parenting.  I have been involved in lots of co-ops, play groups, moms Bible studies, MOPS, and on-line pregnancy/parenting support groups.  The ability to talk aloud about what you think only you are experiencing was so helpful to me and those groups helped me get through some difficult times in parenting especially in the early years.

Circle of Moms has a video series in partnership with Kia discussing some of the very parenting topics that I discussed with other moms at the playground.   Topics of discussion that you could eaves drop on just by showing up at any pre-school drop off!  Below is the latest video from Circle of Moms by POPSUGAR.

I loved this video discussion!  It was like sitting around with a bunch of girlfriends at a play date chatting about the latest with your kids.  

One of the hot topics of discussion is how to tackle a weight issue in your child.  Many parents aren't sure how to have this discussion with their children.  A therapist gives some great tips on how parents can open up the dialogue with their kids so that change can occur to promote a healthier lifestyle.
**Tip: Being a good role model is key!**

Another favorite topic of discussion in mom groups that I have been a part of is birthday party celebrations. The circle of moms video series in partnership with Kia takes some time to discuss this as well.

I remember going all out for my oldest son's first birthday, and yet it's a celebration that he won't remember!  There are whole blogs and websites dedicated to birthday party planning.
Are you a parent that likes to keep it simple, or do you go all out with a huge themed party each year?

And finally, all parents of multiple children struggle with how to incorporate a new baby into the family without making the older children feel left out.  
It was always really important to me to spend one on one time with my older children when there was a new baby in the house.  Even if I was tempted to put a movie on and take a nap when the new baby slept!  My oldest son and I would build trains that would take up the whole downstairs.  My daughter and I would read books together or play kitchen.  We would spend time with the baby monitor plugged in to the garage outlet and ride bikes in the cul de sac.
If I needed to get some cooking or laundry done, I would try to incorporate the things that I needed to get done, and let the older kids be involved in it too.
The circle of moms video series in partnership with Kia has some great tips on how to make that new baby adjustment easier for your older kids.

Where do you find parenting support?  
Are any of these issues things that you have talked to your girlfriends about?
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Kia through their partnership with Circle of Moms. While I was compensated to review the Kia Motors video and write a review, all opinions are my own.

1 comment

Dairygodmother said...

hmmm...I'm new to the blogger world and I'll have to check out Circle of Moms. I live in Connecticut and am having a rough time fitting in. I dont have friends or family here and find the local folks...well, let's say they keep to themselves (proud yankees?). I have a 4 year old and another on the way and sure would like to be able to talk to some people who are in some similar situations. Especially if I could find another "older" mom -- I'm 44! Just some people to laugh with and relate to. I feel like it's getting way to serious overthinking things out here :-)

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