By Christine Murray, HRI Director

When I was a new mom, I wish I would have known just how normal it is to feel completely confused, alone, and scared about what in the world to do with my baby! I had lots of support from family and friends, but I was so overwhelmed when I realized how much I didn’t know, but needed to learn quickly since my baby was there and needed me to get my act together–and fast.

If I could go back in time, I wish I could tell myself during those days that all those insecurities I was having as a new mom were totally normal, that being new parent is extremely overwhelming, and that it would be a good idea to reach out for help when I faced new challenges or wasn’t sure how to handle certain parenting challenges.

We’ve all heard that “It takes a village to raise a child.” There is a deep truth to this that resonates with parents and professionals who work with children. However, what does it really mean to have a village help raise your child? And, how do you start to build a village of friends, family members, and community resources that offers the right types of support for your own unique family dynamics?

Several months ago, our HRI team was meeting with our partners at the Partnership for Children of Guilford County, and we discussed how there is a vast network of community resources in Guilford County for families with young children from all walks of life. However, there’s still a disconnect between the resources available and how well families can connect with them. We decided to work together to help bridge this disconnect, and the idea for this month’s focus on “There is a Village” was born!

The truth is, there is a village of people and organizations in our community who are available to provide support to parents and families facing many unique needs and challenges that can arise during children’s early years. Through the blog series we’re starting today, as well as our two upcoming Family Village Events (see the flier below, and connect to our Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/182508262361612/), our focus in the coming weeks will be on highlighting some of the many wonderful resources for families of young children that our community has to offer!

We hope to see you at the Greensboro Family Village this Thursday, March 15th, and/or at the High Point Family Village on Wednesday, April 18th, and stay tuned to this blog series to learn more about how to build your village to support your child’s and your family’s growth and healthy relationships! Families in our community don’t have to face parenting alone, and our hope is this series will help you get to know some of the resources in our village that are available to help you through this often challenging phase of life!