While raising young children, parents sometimes have a difficult time staying connected to the outside world and other adults. Parenting is hugely rewarding, but it can also be very isolating at times. Mothers, especially, seem to immerse themselves in their children's lives and well-being without much concern for their own. And stay-at-home moms in particular tend to be disconnected from the world around them.
The good news is that there are ways to remain connected and have a life of your own without leaving your kids at daycare all week or hiring a live-in nanny. The key is to make it a priority and realize that it's important to your mental well-being.
Online courses are a fantastic way to connect with other adults with similar interests. Most of these types of online learning platforms also offer forums or Facebook groups where you can share your ideas and thoughts. It's a fun way to learn something new and possibly make some new friends.
Almost every community has a group of moms who get together regularly to allow their children to play while they connect over a cup of coffee. If you can't find a local group, create one yourself. There are tons of moms who would love the chance to get out and chat.
If your community has a tumbling or dance academy, they almost always offer mommy and me classes for the little ones. It's a great way to meet other moms, but also to get your child involved in physical activity.
It's important to keep your marriage a priority, but you can also double date or have dinner parties with other friends. Sure, you'll have to hire a sitter or take the kids to Grandma's, but it's a good way to recharge so you can be your best every day.
The main thing to remember when raising your kids is not to give up your identity. It doesn't make you a bad mom to continue to pursue some of your own interests and stay connected to people your own age. You'll feel more at peace with your life if you are able to keep your mind fresh and continue to learn and grow. In fact, as a more well-rounded individual, you'll be a much better role model for your impressionable children.