What can support groups do for single mothers?
Are you feeling alone or left out from the community around you? If yes, think of joining a local support group for single moms. Many single moms attest that loneliness and having no support system are two of the biggest issues they face weeks after divorce. Making bonds with other single-parent households in your locality and getting to know them better will lessen, if not completely eradicate, the feelings of loneliness and no support around you. At times of crisis or need, you will know whom to reach out to, and most importantly, you will be able to do so without much hesitation if your bonds with them are stronger. In a support group session, you can relate to what other members are going through in their life, and more importantly, get to know how they handled specific financial issues or even a crisis after divorce. Gaining information and tips to better manage the everyday challenges will only make you stronger and help you get over anxieties.
Some groups decide to meet just once per month while many others would plan on weekly or biweekly meetings. Apart from you getting support from other parents, your children will also have another opportunity to make friends with other kids and have fun.
Join a support group, or begin one yourself:
The benefits of joining a single mother support group thereby building relationships with other moms are plenty, but surprisingly, are not realized by many. Even if you have never been part of a support group, this might be the right time to get started and begin your search. As a first step, ask around at the local churches or child care centers if they know of any single parent meetups. A popular online alternative solution to this would be meetup.com. This web site allows local groups to be formed in a minute and is first-of-a-kind tool built specifically for arranging meetups.
You can start your search locally but if you seem to not find one in your area, do not be afraid of starting one. Experiencing jitters as to how a group will be built from the ground and maintained are common. The best thing you can do if you are nervous is muster up courage and get started. In a few months, you will look back and take pride in the effort you had taken to connect single parent households. As part of the first step, network with other single moms in the vicinity first and see if they are willing to join a group when started. Once a few people seem to be interested, you can begin planning in depth on the very first meeting and its location. It could be in one of the members’ homes at first, and you can then change location when the group reaches a sizable number.The initiation of the group will be seemingly one of the toughest tasks in the endeavor, but over time, ensuring smooth operation will become second nature to you.