Allison and Jake Weatherly share their experiences in Parenting Now!’s Incredible INFANTs, Wonderful ONEs and Terrific TWOs. If you are interested in joining a group or want to learn more, click here.
Our son Connor was barely a month old when we started our first group at Parenting Now! 10-years ago. We really wanted to get to know other families with babies. It is such a thrilling time, and we wanted to experience it with others. We also wanted our son to have kids to grow up with.
I had heard positive things about Birth to Three (now Parenting Now!); that it was an opportunity to make lifelong friends. Turns out, the rumors were completely true. 10-years later, I can’t imagine my life without the friends we made in that very first group.
Help On The Way
Connor was just a toddler when I became pregnant with our twins. The social support we received from group was the best. We made instant friends with a few families. We started having barbecues and brunches together—and we still do to this very day!
I loved being able to ask anything—whether it was at a social meetup aside from group or during group itself—it was just a completely safe place to discuss any topic.
As parents, we were sleep deprived, and trying to make the best choices. Understanding that others were facing similar circumstances, was so helpful. It’s hard to discuss diaper changes, food prep, and naps with co-workers or friends without kids. Parenting Now! groups care, share, and support in so many ways. Because of our Parenting Now! groups, I realized that we weren’t alone in what we were feeling or experiencing. The group brought things to our attention that were critical to being a parent.
Is a Parenting Group Right For Me?
Let go of any notion that you won’t fit in. Everyone finds a place and a friend within the group. It’s fun to see other babies, toddlers, and kids at the different stages of life. Comparing your child to others is natural, and it’s a safe group to see how vastly different people are, yet the common threads of what parenthood is all about.
There are three or four of us from the group that have stuck together very closely. Starting with one little infant, we now have a gang of kids, between 5-10 years old, who feel like cousins. There is something magical about experiencing life together, growing up together, for both kids and adults. The kids love that it was their birth that brought “us” together. These groups really do bring people together to bond over the milestone of becoming a parent.