By Eleanor Beeslaar

In our last blog, we talked about the challenges of parenting young children and the benefit of having a village of support to help you along this journey, but you may be wondering, “How exactly do I build a village?” In today’s blog, we will help you build your village by providing tips to help you find ways to connect with the resources and services available in our community.

A great place to start when looking for parenting information, resources, or services in our community, is to reach out to friends, family members, a pediatrician, or your child’s teacher or school counselor for recommendations. Teachers and school counselors are especially helpful when seeking resources, as schools are often central points in our community and an essential part of your village. They have access to lots of great information about community resources available to children, parents, and families!

Another way to find out more about the different organizations that provide services to help parents and families with young children is to search online. Many of the organizations in our community have websites with lots of information about the resources and services they provide, as well as methods for contacting them. They may also have social media accounts, such as facebook, instagram, and twitter, where they post about local events you can attend to receive information and resources.

One of the best ways to learn about and connect with organizations in your community, is to attend events like the Family Village Resource Fairs. Events like these are a great way to meet face-to-face with organizations and develop relationships with the people who can help you overcome parenting challenges you may be facing.

We encourage you to attend the Family Village Resources Fairs, which will take place on April 9th and 10th! For more information about locations and times, visit our facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/309941119603767/. You can also learn about some of the organizations in our community, who will also be at the Family Village Resource Fairs, by tuning into our blog for the next week.

We hope these tips will help you get connected and build your village of support!