This is without doubt one of the biggest questions that will go round any parents head as soon as they have their child. Maternity leave can develop into a ticking time bomb for a lot of parents and more often than not they just want to put at the back of their mind and forget for those first few weeks.
However once the paternity leave runs out and their partner returns to full time work a real sense of isolation can kick in. Times were when the only options for new mothers to find people in the same situation as themselves was the dreaded ‘new mums club’ they could attend at their local Church or village hall.
So how can the parent who does’t have one of these clubs or much family around them to support them feel a lot less lonely? These days with social media and the Internet in general being at the forefront of everything parents are able to get that same feeling and then some without having to leave the home!
Parents can be seen on Twitter asking questions about parenting styles and even sometimes health questions and they get instant feedback! There are websites and forums setup primarily help new parents and make them feel as through they are still a huge part of the community they live in.
My name is Jon and I actually run a community site which helps thousands of stay at home parents each year. The Money Shed is the UK’s largest community website dedicated to earning from home and a huge part of our user base is made up of parents who either don’t want to return back to work after their maternity leave has finished or a few years after having their kid are looking at ways of bringing in extra money from home but without having to lose out on time with their child.
When most people think about ‘earning from home’ they sadly think about either Multi Level Marketing companies such as Avon, Younique, Ann Summers etc. or worse still, low paying surveys sites offering you 50p for spending 30 minutes answering their questions. Well that’s not what TMS is about!
The Money Shed is there to hold their hands as they get to grips with earning DECENT money from home. This could be via doing website testing for the likes to uTest or even Web Search Evaluator work for Appen.
With over 145,000+ posts and a UK user base of over 7000 there is a huge community of people on there all helping and pushing each other on to earn the absolute most they can from it!
TMS has been around for over 5 years now and as time as gone on the number of stay at home parents who use the site has increased dramatically and people have struck up real friendships as the conversation has switched from money through to parenting.
This is all just another example of how beneficial the online world can be to new parents. Offering them the sense of feeling they are part of a community and not going through it all alone. That feeling of dread that comes over new parents when things start to go back to normal can really be avoided by joining up to some great online communities.
Mental health is another great example of a topic that has EXPLODED on social media over the last few years. There are twitter chats dedicated to the topic and websites galore with people posting openly about their experiences and how they approached various facets of their life to try and improve things for them.
All of this just shows the power of feeling connected! It shows that if we can’t do it physically for whatever reason then there are websites and people out there that can really help us feel much better!